We sat down with Vibe Kayak’s team member Jake Suvak to discuss his 4 favorite features of the Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125. Here are his opinions in his own words.
Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125: Hull Design
The Shearwater has a few things that other boats don’t have, or it does some things just a little bit differently.
I didn’t really appreciate the hull design until I was in a tournament recently with pretty strong winds. I had to make a 2-mile run into the wind and a little bit of chop. I was able to keep a steady 3- and 1/2- mile per hour pace all while rigging up my rod while going to that next spot.
Basically, the hull is designed for stability and speed.
The Shearwater has unbelievable stability while still not compromising speed. The bow of the boat is shaped to just cut straight through the waves. So even in that chop, the boat stayed pretty much level.
Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125: Pod System
I really like the options I have with the pod system in the Shearwater. I am able to put a pod in for the X-Drive pedal system and when I get my Bixpy motor in I’ll be able to put in the flat deck pod system for that and just have more standing space.
Having the versatility to change it up from paddling to pedaling or even to a motor is really cool.
Some tournaments don’t let you use a motor, so I’ll still be using my X-Drive for those. But when my Bixpy comes in, having the ability to swap back and forth will be huge.
And one more thing that’s cool about that pod system, if you don’t have the X-Drive or a motor, the hull design makes it really easy to paddle still. With some of the higher-end kayaks that are made for pedal or motor drives, they’re a little bit bulkier and harder to paddle. The Shearwater is still really easy to paddle. So you can start with the base model and then add the X-Drive later on and a motor later on if you want to do it that way.
Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125: Side Rod Holders
The side rod holders let you lay your rods flat up on the front deck of the kayak and keep them strapped in. I like that so I can have a second rod ready to go if I need it.
For example, if I’m fishing with a frog and I miss a blowup, I can have something tied up on another rod ready to flip that I can just grab and go with.
Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125: Under-Seat Storage
One more thing that I really like is probably the simplest thing on the boat, but the Shearwater has a little drawer right under the seat where you can store your soft plastics or anything else that you want to keep in reaching distance. It just slides out and right back under the seat and is a great use of that space.
I’ve been loving my Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125 since it arrived and can’t wait to keep making awesome memories on the water with it!
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