Been touring the country and camping by motorcycle for years. Just sold the bike and will be moving aboard a sail boat (as in living aboard) very soon.
I got the kayak bug as an extension of the sail boat bug.
ALWAYS have my companion with me. a 6lb Yorkie. (Yes, she rode on the bike with me too)
Where I'll kayak:
Until I move aboard, most of my kayaking will be on a lake, lazy rivers or inlets/bays. I may even camp off of it too in the North East.
Once I am aboard, I'll be using the kayak to visit shore, explore inlets, enjoy the water, but also in the North East for the next 5 years before I head south to warmer waters.
As mentioned earlier, I will always have my dog with me.
So while I'd be experiencing calm water for now, I can anticipate having to break through some small surf to get ashore. If its really rough surf, I can always take the dink, but when possible, I'd like to use the kayak over a dink.
Last bit of info:
I'd like to have the option to take someone out with me, but I won't always have someone so I would like to avoid having to carry two kayaks aboard.
OK, so this is what I have learned and wondering if I am right.
Sit-On-Top kayaks are best for surfing, warm waters, stable and slow.
Sit-In-Kayaks are fast, have a lot of storage, but can swamp easy in surf without being sealed in (which my dog would not appreciate)
So if I am correct there, is the Sit on Top my best bet and can I assume that while I may not win a race, I can paddle a tandem rather easily and dry bags (I have them now, used them on the bike) will make it able to be used for camping or carrying provisions aboard once on the boat.
Some that have sparked my interest are:
Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 (or 2 XL)
Ocean Kayak Cabo Tandem (no longer sold in the US)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130T
Hobie Odyssey Tandem
Hobie Mirage Outfitter
Hobie Mirage Oasis