The Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 is a force to be reckoned with. If you’re looking for a high-end kayak with tons of features and stability that won’t break the bank, the Sea Ghost 130 hits a sweet spot. Here are 10 quick points to illustrate why we think it’s the right kayak at the right price for the majority of anglers who fish often. So, here’s our Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review!
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Price Point
We all live on some sort of budget. You can buy a kayak these days for a hundred bucks if you want, but you won’t use it more than twice a year. A cheap kayak is brutal on an angler. So you’ll need to invest a little if you plan on fishing a lot. On the flip side, you can quickly get carried away and drop several thousand dollars on a kayak.
If you plan on primarily tournament fishing out of one or being on the water every single day, some of the really high-end kayaks may be exactly what you need. But for the majority in the middle willing to spend up to a thousand bucks on a solid ride, the Sea Ghost 130 is the ticket at $999.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Center Console
Though loaded with features, the center console of the Sea Ghost 130 is perhaps the most impressive. Just at the surface level, you’ll find two tracks for mounting, a magnetic section closest to the seat to quickly store loose baits, a cup holder, and two locking bungee system to store pliers, packs of baits or other gear.
Once you raise the lid and look below the surface, you’ll find even more goodies. Two dry storage hatches with removable inserts ensure your most critical cargo like cellphones and keys won’t get lost or damaged on the journey. The console also sets up well for loads of customization options for electronics and the fact that the console is removable provides easy access for the rigging.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Foot-Controlled Rudder System
On lots of high-end kayaks, the rudder system is an after-purchase accessory. Not with the Sea Ghost 130. An easy to deploy, foot-controlled rudder system comes standard. Now with an updated high tension, super-smooth cable, the rudder system is even better than in previous models and something that sets the Sea Ghost near the top.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Hero Seat
Though the Sea Ghost is stable enough for any angler to stand, many kayak anglers prefer to sit while they fish. With the Hero Seat from Vibe, discomfort won’t find you anytime soon. Made from a soft but supportive and very breathable material, the Hero Seat proves why a good seat is so important in a kayak. And with dual mounting positions to gain a little better vantage point (high position) or a little more stability (low position), the Hero Seat is top-notch.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Tacklebox Storage
When fishing from a kayak, having everything within reach is critical. The tackle tray storage on each side of the seat is a neat feature that does just that. With a slot that perfectly fits a 3600 size tackle box and a bungee system to lock each box in place, you can really see Vibe’s attention to detail and focus on the angler’s needs.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Top-Load Gear Tracks
The Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 now comes with top-load gear tracks. No more scratching or snagging since the whole track is now flush with the boat. And since the gear tracks are top-load, you can mount from one absolute end to the other. Another nice upgrade and something that other kayaks at this price range don’t have.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Three Flush Mount Rod Holders
Flush mount rod holders are pretty standard with most kayaks. But Vibe did a little something here again to set their boat apart. Adding flaps to cover the rod holders when not in use ensures they won’t be cruddy the next time you use them. Inevitably in a kayak, water, sand, mud and other debris find their way into every nook and cranny. The rod holders are no longer a safe haven for this grime with Vibe’s built-in covers.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Two Storage Hatches
With a 20-inch storage hatch upfront and an 8-inch hatch behind the seat, there are all sorts of places to store gear in the Sea Ghost. And since each hatch has a removable caddy bag, there’s instant access to the hull as well for rigging. Very nice feature that makes something again as standard as a storage hatch just a little different and way better.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Large Rear Tank-Well
With a large rear tank-well and adjustable bungee system, Vibe again offers up loads of room to customize your boat and the gear in it any way you see fit. Room for coolers, crates, backpacks, camping gear, and more means this kayak is able to haul whatever you need for your next adventure.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Review: Paddle Park
Another semi-standard feature, but one you’ll surely miss if you buy a decent kayak without it. The paddle park system on the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 uses a two-prong approach. There’s a bungee to lock the paddle in place on the side of the boat and another bungee upfront to securely store one of the business ends of the paddle. This is great when getting your yak to the water and using only the front bungee gives you a nice way to store the paddle while fishing where you can ensure the paddle won’t fall overboard but also always be on the ready.
All these features and more come together to create a very nice kayak for a very nice price. We here at ANGLR definitely recommend testing one out for yourself.
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