To put it simply, this "expedition" you are considering is NOT a beginner trip, it is not even an intermediate trip. The fact that you feel you need to ask strangers to recommend equipment for you is a clear indication that you do not have anywhere near enough experience to do this. Anyone actually qualified to undertake a trip like this would not only know exactly what boat and gear they needed, they would already own it and be an experienced open water kayaker.
To understand why we are reacting this way: your question is like saying you've never skied before but would like suggestions for equipment to use because you plan to ski to the South Pole.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Reflective Hull Decals
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