I had subsequent thoughts about your situation with the tandem. It sounds like your wife is rather short in the torso and not nearly as big as you overall. If that is correct, it's a pretty sure bet that the cockpit fit which feels fine to you will be swallowing her up.
That means that you will really have to check the reach to the water, as willowleaf said, because she will be working harder than you to get that paddle blade securely into the water. She'll be harder to set a good length for than you.
It might be prudent to hold off getting a paddle for her until you have a boat, to make sure she has the right fit. You can get paddles that can be set to different lengths within a 10 cm range, but he ones I know cost a few hundred.
Paddler's Truck Rack
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