f you have not already done so, rent a few different models to get the feel of them and learn what you like and do not like. My personal preference would be to buy two single kayaks rather than a tandem.  The first "must" is a Coast Guard approved PFD. Beyond that, think ten essentials, including a whistle you can attach to your PFD.

 

aka "Boonerelli"


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