OK; just forget about what you paid for the boat, and how much Mike Yee outfitting will cost you.
I’m guessing you got the boat cheap, and now you want to turn it into something it is not; a tandem. You can do that with some of the larger, high volume solos, and “maybe” the one you bought will work?
So, how many time have you paddled the canoe by yourself since you bought it? Once or twice?
How many times have you paddled the canoe with someone else in the canoe with you? Once, twice or never?
What class water did you try it on either solo or with a passenger?
Total amount of seat time you have in it?
And you’ve already decided on Mike Yee outfitting with the paddling season soon winding down. Your money, your decision.
How about test paddling some other canoes as the season winds down, and holding off on buying any outfitting at all?
How about doing some research on less expensive outfitting that will work? May not look as great as the Yee outfitting, but would work.
Maybe get some seat time in your new canoe with whomever you intend to paddle with? What kind of skills do you have? How about skill level of your proposed partner?
It’s not about how expensive your canoe is?
I’ve seen paddlers in a 15 hundred dollar canoe, with 6 hundred dollars of outfitting, a 2 hundred dollar paddle, and a hundred dollar helmet who couldn’t make a one boat eddy on a class 2+ river, if their live depended on it. Their boat and gear sure looked good, but they couldn’t paddle worth a damn!
You want Mike Yee outfitting?
Go for it.
Post some photos, and let us know how it works for you.