Hi, I'm paddling for a friend who is swimming from Catalina to Pedro. Im not sure what level I'm classified as but I've been doing it for 23 years. I've done high surf entries, caves and lots of harbor and ocean with swell and wind. I paddle a Malibu double with my dog up front. I know that would be totally ridiculous so don't worry, the pooch is going in the motor boat. We have some sit on top singles also but I'm assuming a sit in would be best. The swimmer is to have to kayaks on each side. There are going to be four of us taking turns (unless I can go the whole way) and a motor support boat. What would be the best kayak (to buy or rent??) to paddle this? I've always wanted to kayak to Catalina and if I bought I'd also do a lot of touring so it's not just a one time thing.