This weekend I went on a paddle with a few friends that required a portage at the end of the paddle. A friends cart frame was loo large to fit inside of the hatch of our kayaks. I decided to place the cart under the bungee's on the aft deck of my kayak. My initial thought was it would be out of the way and would not hinder my paddle stroke. Later in the day one of the other paddlers had a cramp hit and needed a tow. It was at this point I thought I had to reach behind me to get my tow belt and the tow line could possibly foul in the cart frame. Thankfully someone else was ablt to do the tow. Lesson learned from this are; The tow line needs to be worn, not stowed. Since I don't like to wear the tow belt in addition to the PFD, I purchased a rescue PFD that has a tow line as a part of the PFD. Yes - the tow line has the usual quick release tow belt. The other is the aft deck needs to be clear of anything the tow line might possibly catch on be it a cart frame or larger stuff sack or gear bag. I'm thinking the only thing you'll find on the aft deck of my kayak will be a paddle float and possibly my hoodie or small items like gloves, definitely not anything that's taller than the attachment point of the tow line to me.