Yeah i'd definetely try out a double before buying one. You may have *double paddling chemistry*, you may NOT. me and Kim, definetely don't have that. paddling in my old double would make us both miserable, but once I got kim her own single we both got much much much happier. then this fall when i got the cape horn and sold her saluda and we tried paddling in the double again, Yep,still make each other bitter in the same boat. Doubles DO have advantages over singles, such as maintaining higher speed over distance,one can rest while other keeps boat going,etc. but its only good if its fun and its fun if you DON'T make each other bitter paddling the same boat!