for solo and, if you're going to have a partner at times it will serve you well as a tandem. You want to select one that is symmetrical, or nearly so, that can be "turned around" for solo paddling. That gets you closer to the middle which gets you better longitudinal trim. This means you'll be sitting backward in the front seat and that in turn means that the boat cannot have a thwart directly behind the front seat.
There are a number of boats out there that fit the bill, Old Town has several - Penobscot, Camper, Discovery. I owned and soloed a Bell Morningstar for a while. I thought it was a good fishing boat. Others may chime in with more recommendations.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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