[moved from kayakwriters post in general discussions as suggested by designer]: http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/community/threads/fresh-blog-blitherings.8380/ I [too? don't want to put words in yr mouth] have the opinion that the requirement to have a 15m bouyant 'heaving line' for everyone is a misapplication of a requirement. Much of my and most other paddling is in benign conditions where something like that has never been needed, could be an entanglement and control hazard in inexperienced hands, and more importantly should definitely have a breaking strength of less than the ability to paddle from danger: [Is the buoyant line to rescue a boat? a loaded boat? a person in the water? to tow a boat? you and your boat?] if a heaving line is to heave from danger, it could just as easily heave one into danger - need an auto breakaway. Seems like a whitewater tool applied to all other kayaking instances. Out on the chuck like you were it makes perfect sense and Gumby and Pokey were lucky that the Torrens Towroper was there for the rescue. You probably should have taken the offered barnacles, asked for a bunch more and then dumped them overboard!