There is an article in the just published issue of California Kayaker Magazine on boat choice. Breaks down the differences between recreational boats and white water boats and touring boats and sit on tops and such. My be good to read to get you pointed toward what category of boat is right for you, if you haven't settled on one yet.
Can be read online for free at http://www.calkayakermag.com/magazine.html. The article I am referring to starts at page 6 of the Spring 2013 issue.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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