Examples of leather lines with bone toggles, leather with ash toggles and AmSteel deck lines. Although there is lots of room for personalization and visual appeal when it comes to deck lines there are some specific functions that need to be considered. The lines at bow and stern are used for handles, the lines behind the cockpit need to hold and support the paddle as a cross brace for wet re-entries. The lines in front of the cockpit can also hold a paddle for support as well as things you need close at hand. The lines should also provide a secure place for holding a spare paddle and all lines must be strong enough to support the weight of the kayak.

AmSteel® is a torque-free braided line that yields the maximum in strength-to-weight ratio and, size-for-size, is the same strength as steel—but it's so light, it floats. AmSteel® is an excellent wire rope replacement with extremely low stretch, and superior flex fatigue and wear resistance.