You now have to paddle c1? Why is that?
The first kayaks that I converted I built the outfitting from foam with an old paddle shaft as the support. Now I use the dagger pedestal like the one that came in the dagger atom (factory built c1). CBoats.net does have a ton of info on conversions, including boat choice opinions.
As far as paddles go, it's kind of person choice too. I really like my Werner bandit but I also still use my old Norse paddles and I use wood too. It just depends on what you like.
You deserve a good paddling!