Once you've decided what you want to do... and how you want to do it... and you've found a more or less appropriate craft... how do you set about adapting what you've got and setting it up so that it's fit for purpose?
Please keep context in mind at all times - as what's "right" will vary depending on intended usage, approach, style and more.
A caution - no-one has authoritative answers on matters of outfitting - and whilst many will volunteer advice based on their own experience and understanding, we all tend to like what we've found we can make work!
Please consider who's giving advice if you find it - the advice is NOT going to come from the Open Canoe Association, it's going to come from named individuals such as yourself.
Even experienced canoeists have rarely tried and tested all options, and even where we have, our viewpoint is shaped by much that is deeply personal - from physique and fitness to temperament and paddling style, and much else besides.
We've all got our own foibles - and even advice given in good faith by an experienced canoeist should be treated with caution.
Each canoeist must take responsibility for his / her own decisions.
Ask questions to get opinions, challenge what you're told and above all, ensure you test anything you're not sure about in a controlled environment.
Please recognise that adventure sports such as canoeing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions!