Adam, your post about the lack of decklines on wooden kayaks was welcome and needed to be aired. I have a wooden kayak, a custom CLC Patuxent 17 built from plans (their hull, my deck and cockpit), and it is fully rigged with decklines. But, then again, my boat is brightly painted with ordinary enamel, and lacks the high natural-wood look and exquisite finish that most wooden-kayak owners strive for and rightfully prize; I lack their interest in the final appearance of the boat, and built mine of wood because it would be both cheap and easy to repair and modify. It is strictly a "working" boat for me, and has been my primary kayak since 1995. When I do happen to paddle with other wooden boats, I admire the high finish and workmanship, but can't help sharing your concern that, in the case of a capsize and rescue, there is little or nothing for a paddler to hang onto in the process of effecting some sort of rescue during high winds and heavy seas. I hope we don't read of some incident where a kayak or kayaks without decklines, whether made of wood or not, figure in a loss of life offshore.