Vibe Sea Ghost 130

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Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Review Facts

Go on an adventure with the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Kayak. It has an extra wide hull that handles everything from surf to rivers. It offers unmatched stability. The Sea Ghost 130 has features anglers demand such as tackle tray holders, easy to reach hatches in the front and rear, a foot controlled rudder system, large rear tank, extra rod holders, and a center console for more storage having a lid to more equipment, and other niceties.

Many things need to be considered when looking for a stable fishing kayak. Onboard storage, features, durability, and speed are just a few needed to live out hardcore fishing desires. The Vibe Sea Ghost 130 has these and more.

Stability of the vessel is best-in-class, whether standing or sitting. It delivers the ideal slip-resistant deck platform. The kayak is chosen by professional anglers and those wanting to up the game to a pro level. Years of recognition and experience are behind the Vibe brand.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Excellent tracking capabilities
  • Has tons of room for add-on accessories and storage
  • Included rudder system
  • Incredible stability
  • Perfect for fishing
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Width limits maneuverability
Accessories

Accessories

A kayaker can completely customize a rig. The center storage console has different mounting points. They are ideal for accessories like GPS devices or extra rod holders. It is hard to find a kayak where a fish finder is easy to install. Vibe installed a transducer port with a protective lid and mounting points for easy installation and optimum fish finding performance.

The added protection relieves worry about damage to the device on rough waters. A gear track system is a central feature that differentiates the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 from many other kayaks. Anyone can install things such as swiveling rod holders.

Those deep into fishing and in need of accessories will find the Vibe Gear Kayak Angler Crate Kit to be helpful. It comes with everything needed to go out on the water such as fish grips, rod holders, paddle leashes, an anchor kit, and more.
Materials

Materials

Quick-dry mesh fabric is used in making the seat. The user doesn’t have concerns about a damp seat. It dries incredibly fast. The construction is a brute with which to be reckoned. The sturdy construction is essential for a kayak such as the Sea Ghost 130.

It is the difference in roughing it in ocean waters or taking the kayak for a gentle paddle. High-density rotomolded single-piece polyethylene is incredibly durable. A skid plate on the bottom gets the kayak on shore without damage to the bottom. The skid plate is replaceable in case it wears down. A piece of plastic is included in the same color as the day in case patch repairs, or welding is needed.
Capacity

Capacity

The kayak has a 550-pound hauling capacity that allows for all the necessary gear. The 550-pound capacity serves the heaviest of individuals.
Waterproofing

Waterproofing

Water leaves quickly through the eight scupper holes built throughout. There is a drain plug in at the front of the kayak.
Comfort

Comfort

A breathable, two-position hero seat, adjustable foot braces for people of any size, easy access cup holder, paddle parks, accessory gear tracks, and more provide premium comfort. Having a supportive, comfortable, and solid seat can make a kayaking session. The Sea Ghost 130 is equipped with an ultra comfortable dual position hero seat.

It provides back lumbar support and comfort for the tush. The seat is deep and wide and can support an array of sizes and shapes. The hero seat offers support and comfort for long days. It has the most comfortable seat imaginable for hours spent on the water. The included rudder saves energy in strong currents, windy days, or long paddles.
Style

Style

The 2019 model has features that make the kayak an angler’s dream. One reason the kayak is ideal for pro fishermen is the amount of onboard storage. Along with two built-in rod holders, four gear tracks are provided to attach other types of gear. There are two bungee parks on both inner walls. They go well with tackle boxes like the Plano 3600. The boxes can be kept secure and safe when not in use.

In the center is a watertight sealed container. It is among the largest consoles found on a Vibe kayak. Onboard are two other dry storage choices. They have storage bags that provide multiple options to keep items like a wallet, phone, and keys dry.

They are surprisingly roomy. A hard plastic locking lid covers the front storage area instead of a rubber lid. The console has a dry bag inner liner that can be removed. The bow has a solid paddle park. It is ideal for placing a pole when needed to reel in and fish and safely and securely store it. An adjustable bungee and large rear tank provide more storage.

The storage space is perfect for those who need gear or anything else for a long weekend. However, the tank well on the back bothers some reviewers. It is narrow. Something the size of some backpacks or milk crate may not fit. There is enough space on the back to provide for a wider tank.

The Vibe Sea Ghost 130 has rulers etched into the storage lid that allows anglers to turn fish ‘stories’ into ‘legends.’ A ruler that measures 20 inches is along one side of the console, and another that measures 50 centimeters is on the other side. The center console has rod holders and a place to put a coffee mug or adult beverage. The holes can be used to add other devices such as a fish finder. The top of the console has a gasket that seals the storage area.

It has a flat bottom and is an excellent place to store keys, wallet, or whatever the user wants. There is a groove that indicates where to cut if the user wants to remove the center so that rods can be stored in the area. Another impressive aspect of the kayak is that it comes ready for a fish finder to be mounted.
Durability

Durability

The sit-on-top, high-tech angler kayak is the ideal all-around kayak excelling in stability when compared to similar kayaks. Unlike most kayaks, the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 can be taken out in rough rivers to surf. The user feels secure doing so.

The kayak paddles and travels well and is very durable. It handles rough conditions better than many kayaks in the realm. Vibe has a long history of building solid kayaks and accessories. The people who make the kayaks are passionate about the sport.

All the features recreational anglers and users demand are found in the kayak that has superior tracking and unmatched stability. Their kayak has a limited lifetime warranty that covers defects on a new kayak purchase. Parts attached to the vessel have a one-year warranty.
Primary Use

Primary Use

The kayak is not recommended for beginners. It is a stable vessel with plenty of speed, but learning to paddle and maneuver can be difficult. The kayak does an excellent job as a reservoir kayak. The Sea Ghost 130 is paddle propelled. Casual users do not find general paddling difficult when used for simple, recreational purposes.

The weight is the most challenging feature with which to contend. Adding 75 pounds over the shoulder and down to a riverbed may prove difficult. There are four-easy grip carry handles bolted to the side. They make carrying more comfortable than the cheap rope attachment found on many other kayaks.

It tracks extremely well. Usually, wide kayaks are not the most efficient when a rudder is added. Vibe solved the problem. It is an excellent feature for users who lose energy on the water. The kayak can be used to create family outing memories for years.

The kayak provides superior performance for passionate solo anglers or those embarking on a fishing expedition with friends. The benefits of stability include being extremely difficult to tip over. It is easier to score a catch or relax. People prefer to enjoy fish rather than smell like them. The sleek hull ensures nimble, fast-tracking. Anglers get to fish faster with the toe-controlled rudder that saves energy on long paddle days, strong currents, and windy days. Performance is described as a very stable kayak.

It paddles very well. Users can paddle fast and go places far away for fishing. When paddling stops, the kayak continues to go straight because it has a rudder on the back. It tracks very well. The kayak comes with utility braces on the sides that allow any rod holder desired on the vessel. In the center console, in the front, the user can put a rod holder by plugging it in. A hard plastic handle replaces the flimsy one found on some kayaks. The paddle harness holds a paddle when an angler fights a fish.
Weather Resistance

Weather Resistance

Adjustable straps are UV resistant and easy to adjust to help protect against damage while in the sun or fraying. Some see the heaviness of the vessel as a negative. Others see it as a component necessary for use in windy conditions. The weight helps plow through water and pick up speed.

The pre-installed rudder system is controlled by the feet. It is among the kayak’s unique features. The rudder system is an advantage in rough, windy conditions. It makes tracking and maneuvering easier when paddling alone is a bit too difficult. It has a cavity to put the transducer in to protect it from the elements. The fish finder will get all the necessary signals.
Price

Price

Due to its accessories, sleek look, and affordability, anglers flock to the Vibe Sea Coast 130. It is best suited for avid kayakers. They love the Sea Ghost 130 versatility. It is surprisingly inexpensive. For the bells and whistles that are provided. It is hard to find a complete kayak package that costs less than $1000.

For the money spent, the kayak is a fantastic value. The consumer gets a rudder, a seat, a center console, and a paddle. For the price, the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 is the best on the market. The MSRP is $899. The Sea Ghost 130 comes with upgrades that users do have to purchase.
Key Features

Key Features

* 2 bungee paddle parks on the side
* 2 fishing rod holders that are capped, flush mount
* 2 sealed hatches having bag inserts
* 2 tackle tray holders
* 4 easy-grip carry handles
* 4 integrated gear tracks
* 8 scupper holes with plugs
* 13-foot length
* 833-inch width
* 75-pound weight
* 550-pound capacity
* Built-in cup holder
* Dual position seat
* Fishfinder transducer port with protective lid and mounting points
* High-density rotomolded single piece polyethylene
* Quick access bow paddle park
* Rear tank well having adjustable bungee
* Replaceable skid plate
* Sealed center console having accessory mounting points
* Single person ride
* Toe controlled rudder system
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The kayak is a collaboration of multiple kayaks put into one. A reviewer compared it to the Apple iPhone when it came out. The best ideas on the market were put together in one device. The seat is the same as that of the ocean kayak that came out years ago.

The rudder system is also not original. Overall, the design is one of the Vibe’s own. It exhibits thought that went into the making. It is reliable, comfortable, and comes with a paddle. Vibe is a relatively new company that has been around for about five years.

Overall, the Vibe Sea Ghost 130 is among the best fishing kayaks available. It is built long and wide with fishing in mind. An array of features make it an ideal option. The fish finder features help the user easily install a finder to optimize the fishing experience.

The Sea Ghost series have hulls that blend stability and speed. Kayak anglers want to get where they’re going with little effort and stand when they arrive. The Sea Ghost 130 has a customizable gear space and work deck. It has storage and rigging options and an integrated Rudder System that makes the Sea Ghost 130 the most advanced angling watercraft with the greatest features and storage assortment than any angling kayak in the comparable level.