tandem. But here are two possibilities.
The first is the Bluewater Tripper 17, 33 inches wide and not so bad solo.
The second is Mad River's very asymmetrical new tripper, about 17 feet long and 34 inches wide.
Both are pretty fast boats. Bluewater claims 510 pounds upper limit for best performance. Mad River contemptably quotes a capacity over 1000 pounds, which is pure horse puckey. But it should carry close to 600 with good behavior.
Because of your weight, you will have to do a bunch of custom outfitting. On either of these canoes, the rear seat kneeling position will need to be moved toward the center. If your wife is small, the bow seat can be moved well up toward the bow to counterbalance your weight. For solo, you should put in a minicell kneeling saddle and experiment until you find the balance point.
Don't mess with sitting backward on the bow seat. That's mickey mouse and won't solve the problem at all. There seem to be a lot of people who think they can paddle efficiently sitting backward on the bow seat. If you rig your position properly, you will leave them behind in your wake.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
Full Size Sail Rig
Touring Kayak Paddles
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