Vibe Sea Ghost 130

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8.3
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Stability8.5
Speed8
Tracking8.5
Comfort8.5
Features8.5
Portability7.5

Sea Ghost 130 combines excellent stability with a nice set of features and a reasonable price. If you’re bigger person or you need to carry a lot of gear, its 550-pound capacity will come handy as well.

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8.3Expert Score
Sea Ghost 130 combines excellent stability with a nice set of features and a reasonable price. If you're bigger person or you need to carry a lot of gear, its 550-pound capacity will come handy as well.
Stability
8.5
Speed
8
Tracking
8.5
Comfort
8.5
Features
8.5
Portability
7.5
PROS
  • Stable
  • Lots of capacity
  • Clever storage systems
CONS
  • Central console limits standing space
  • Seat is not trimmable

Size and Weight

Vibe Sea Ghost 130 is 13′ (396.2 cm) long and has a beam of 33″ (83.8 cm), which makes it one of the widest models in its class. At 75 lbs (34 kg), it is not the easiest boat to load on and off your vehicle alone but still manageable. You’ll likely need a kayak cart to get it to and from the water.

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The kayak’s capacity is an impressive 550 lbs (249.5 kg), so if you’re a bigger person or you need to carry a lot of gear, that’s one of the models you should look at.

Features

Vibe Sea Ghost 130 offers an excellent set of features for the most demanding kayak anglers.

On the bow, there is a drain plug and a heavy-duty, soft-touch carrying handle. While we prefer molded handles, this design comes as a close second.

Next, there is a simple bungee-based paddle park that lets you quickly stow your paddle blade while fishing. A simple but very useful feature.

Further back, you’ll see a large oval-shaped hatch. It locks with two turning latches and opens access to the in-hull storage. A rubberized coaming makes it pretty water-resistant, and a waterproof bag inside makes sure your small items don’t get lost inside the boat and also stay dry. Note, however, that it’s always a good idea to put your most sensitive stuff (such as your car keys) inside another small dry bag.

One of the Sea Ghost’s most prominent features is the central console. This console offers tons of gear management options. It has two small gear tracks where you can mount a fish finder, a rod holder, or a GPS. A hole right in front of the console connects with a transducer scupper in the hull while a fishfinder battery can be stored inside the console, giving you a clutter-free fish finder setup. You also get a bottle holder, some bungee cords, and two small watertight hatches for your phone, keys, etc. The hinged console cover opens halfway or all the way, giving you access to a large storage pod under it. At the very back, there is a magnetic spot where you can toss your lures, hooks, or pliers that you want to stay in place. A really cool idea.

However, the console also occupies valuable standing space, limiting your freedom of movement on the deck. Unhooking fish is also harder when you have limited space on the deck. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. Some people like central consoles, some don’t.

On both gunnels, there are top-loading gear tracks that you can use to mount any accessories you need. There are also two eyelets that make it easy to leash your tools to the boat.

Tackle box trays on both sides of the seat accommodate standard Plano 3600 boxes. There is also some storage space underneath the seat.

Behind the seat, there are two flush-mount rod holders and a 6-inch quarter-turn day hatch, also with a waterproof cat bag inside.

The rear tank well is pretty large. It will hold your cooler, milk crate, or camping gear. There are two more gear tracks on the gunnels here.

On the stern, there is another sturdy carrying handle and behind it, the rudder. The stern is tapered and won’t accommodate a Power-Pole Micro anchor like some other models can.

Other features include bungee-based paddle holders on each side and scupper plugs that come standard with the boat. Vibe Sea Ghost 130 also has a transducer scupper with a protective plate over it.

Seat

Vibe Sea Ghost 130 features an updated Hero seat. This foldable frame seat has high and low positions and can be removed from the boat for use as a camping chair. The seat is made from a breathable mesh fabric that dries quickly. You can adjust the backrest with side straps. The seat and the backrest are padded to improve comfort during long fishing trips. It does not slide fore and aft like on some higher-end kayaks, but overall, the comfort and functionality it provides are adequate for this price point.

Construction and Materials

Vibe Sea Ghost 130 is made from High-Density Polyethylene using the rotational molding technology. Beads of polyethylene are poured into the mold as it gets heated up and slowly rotated so that the material fills up every nook and cranny. After the mold cools down, you get a one-piece construction that is extremely rugged and durable. Boats manufactured with the rotomolding process tend to be long-lasting and sturdy.

The downside of polyethylene is that it is a very non-stick material. If you manage to put a hole in the hull, you can’t just glue a patch to it. The most effective way to patch the hole is to heat-weld new HWM PE or HDPE plastic pieces (or the same material) into the crack. It’s best to use a flat surface such as a soldering iron or blow torch by utilizing welding techniques to bond the material for an air-tight lasting patch.

Warranty

Vibe offers a limited lifetime warranty for defects on all new kayak purchases and one year on the attached parts. This warranty covers only Vibe products that are purchased from an authorized Vibe dealer. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser and may not be transferred. Proof of purchase must be presented at the time of the warranty claim. Normal wear and tear are not warranted.

In case your Vibe kayak gets damaged during shipping, Vibe Kayaks recommends the following:

If you find any significant damage, such as holes or deep gouges, have the carrier document in writing a detailed description of the damages before signing anything, take pictures, return the damaged kayak to the driver, and contact Vibe immediately.

If you find minor damage, such as minor scratches, dings, and dents, note the damage on the Bill of Lading, take pictures and accept the shipment. You can contact Vibe with any questions.

If the product is signed for without damage being reported or if the driver leaves the property without the damage being reported, Vibe Kayaks won’t be able to replace it. You will have to pay return freight charges (which range from $185 – $390) to get a replacement or accept the kayak as is.

New items are eligible for a full refund within 14 days of purchase.

To read the full terms of Vibe Kayak’s warranty, click here: https://vibekayaks.com/pages/warranty

Additional information

Specification: Vibe Sea Ghost 130

Specs
Length (in) 156
Width (in) 33
Weight (lb) 75
Load Capacity (lb)
Cockpit type
Material High-density polyethylene
Propulsion
Technology rotomolded
Features
Seat Dual position Vibe Hero frame seat
Rear storage hatch 1
Bottle holders 1
Bungee cords 1
Footrests adjustable
Gear mounts 6 top-loading gear tracks Fishfinder transducer port
Other features and 2 gear tracks Replaceable skid plate Large sealed bow hatch with waterproof bag 8-inch sealed hatch with waterproof bag, Central watertight console with 2 mini hatches, magnetic gear catch
Paddle holders 2
Rod holders 2
Specification
Crew 1
User Level Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Intended Use Fishing
Water type Big lakes, bays, Open sea/ocean, Slow rivers (Class I-II), Small lakes
Warranty Limited lifetime warranty on new kayaks; 1 year on attached parts.
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