There are currently hundreds of options for you to choose from if you’re in the market for a new kayak. With all of those options available, I’m sure you have some questions… and rightfully so. If you’re about to make a purchase, you want to make sure you’re getting the right equipment for you.
If you’re looking at the Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 and wondering about the stability of the vessel, you’ve come to the right place. After owning mine for a few months, I began receiving a ton of questions about it. Some I could answer without hitting the water, however, when it came to stability, I felt like I needed to put the Sea Ghost through its paces before giving my opinion.
So, without further ado, here is my Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 stability review.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Stability Review: Test #1 – Standing Up
Now, for more experienced kayakers and anglers, this one might not seem difficult in most rigs. I, however, come from a sit-inside kayak background where standing up was more of a gamble than a simple task.
I’m glad to report that standing up in the Sea Ghost 130 was a lot like standing on dry ground. I didn’t wobble, the kayak settled nicely and it was easier than I anticipated.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Stability Review: Test #2 – Jumping
So, you’re probably wondering why you would ever need to jump in your kayak. In short, you probably never will, but I felt it was a good idea for testing the stability of the Sea Ghost… in a sense, I jumped for science.
If you’ve watched the video already, you’ll see that my vertical needs some work, but I did land heavily causing the kayak to push a pretty solid amount of water. I had expected that to cause some stability issues, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it popped right back up and stayed incredibly stable.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Stability Review: Test #3 – Reaching Behind You
This is probably the most useful test outside of simply standing up. I’ve heard many horror stories from anglers who try to turn around to grab a new bait and all of the sudden are upside down in the water scrambling to grab their gear. The Sea Ghost 130 has a great storage area directly behind the seat where you could fit a crate for tackle, and a cooler for food and drinks.
So, I wanted to see how far I could reach before compromising my stability. In short, I couldn’t compromise my stability even when I reached all the way to the rudder. So, test #3 was a success no matter how you slice it.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Stability Review: Test #4 – Standing On the Front
To answer your question, anglers would stand on the front of their kayaks in a bed fishing scenario. It allows you to elevate your position and get a clearer vantage point of the bed. I felt that this test might be the one to get me, but I was mistaken.
After standing on the front of my Sea Ghost 130, I can report that it remained incredibly stable even with the stern of the kayak completely elevated from the surface of the water.
Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130 Stability Review: Test #5 – Paddle From the Front
This final test coincides with the previous test. If you’re standing on the front of your Sea Ghost trying to coax a bed fish, sometimes you’ll need to reposition your rig. The only way to do that is by a simple adjustment with your paddle.
So, can you paddle from the front hatch of your Sea Ghost?
Surprise. Yes, yes you can. It was still incredibly stable and to be honest, having the paddle while I stood on the front helped me stabilize even more. If I tilted one way, I could simply paddle on the other side to stabilize myself.
At this point, I was blown away by the stability of the Vibe Kayaks Sea Ghost 130. I had tried pretty much everything I could think of.
So, why not try to stand at the very tip of the bow?
What the video doesn’t show is that I was able to stand on the very tip of the bow with my toes almost submerged in the water for 2-3 minutes… I was about to give up and save myself the trouble of purposely trying to flip the kayak into 54-degree water. The back of the kayak was air-born and I couldn’t think of another test that the Sea Ghost would fail in when the wind decided to help me out.
Watch the end of the video to see the wind grab the elevated stern of the kayak and give me a nice refreshing bath!
As a final note, if you chose to purchase a Sea Ghost 130, do so with the knowledge that you won’t be able to tip it… even if you try, but just in case, ALWAYS wear your PFD!
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