I just went on a two night paddle down the French Broad River in NC. After six years of solo paddling this is my first paddle with a partner. I have observations and questions about choosing a partner. At first I thought the only issue was to find someone with the time and willingness to go. Not so I think. Consider this: I. What is their experience level, at camping, at canoeing, kayaking, at rivers? 2. Do they want the same thing from the trip, i.e. a challenge or a restful time in nature or a combination? 3. Are you basically compatible in what may be tense or uncomfortable situations? 4. A double kayak seems to require more coordination that a canoe. In a canoe, you will not necessarily need to coordinate your strokes but in a kayak it is essential. I went with my 35 y.o. daughter who is in good shape being a runner but had no experience in the kayak or river. She never turned and clobbered me with her paddle but that was only because she is a forgiving daughter. What say you all out there?