... by Paul Conklin, who posts here occasionally as Conk, Harold Deal, who posts here very infrequently as HRD, and a relative novice Gary Marble.
Prior to the trip they studied weather patterns, moon phases and other conditions. Paul practiced 40 mile trial runs on the Finger Lakes, as did Harold. They coordinated with the Coast Guard, had a chase boat, and took many other safety precautions.
You might try contacting Paul or Harold for detailed advice.
Touring Kayak Paddles
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Free Standing Boat Racks