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deck lines

Some of the higher level kayaking award systems check your boat for lines as a prerequisite for the testing or a course.

Perimeter deck lines made their appearance with the British kayaks. In England and surrounding areas, they don't have all the quiet lakes, streams, rivers we have in abundance in the USA. The entire sport of kayaking dealt with rough water or in conditions that can get rough in an hour after launching.

I have them on all but one boat and usually just have them on the front deck. Have to tow someone in? You can use the deck lines. The more you study and learn, the more you prepare. In my opinion, for most paddlers these days, they are not necessary but a good safety additive.

In the US now, the % of people paddling kayaks and recreational craft who know nothing about safety is huge.