Choosing the right kayak depends on a few things: such as the size of the person who will be using it, the types and sizes of waters they are going to be using the kayak, and what types of on water activities they intend to do with the kayak – such as kayak fishing. The smaller the kayak, the easier it will be to maneuver in smaller bodies of water, such as rivers, streams, or smaller ponds. The bigger the kayak, typically the more stable it will be for bigger bodies of water, like lakes, larger rivers or offshore on the ocean. The wider the kayak, the more stable it will be as well – particularly for standing up – so for sight-fishing, you’ll want to select a wider kayak.
Check out our awesome blog that goes more in-depth on this topic: https://vibekayaks.com/blogs/vibe-shop/choosing-the-right-kayak
You can take any Vibe kayak in the ocean, but some of our models are more suited for ocean wake and surf stability, and crossing long distances quickly. Typically the longer the kayak the better it handles open bodies of water. The smaller the kayak the more maneuverability you will have in smaller bodies of water; but smaller kayaks aren’t best suited for ocean currents and wake.
While you can take any of Vibe’s kayaks on the ocean, certain fishing kayak models are better suited for larger bodies of water, or for an ocean’s surf and currents, or for especially bad weather where stability is of prime importance.
Larger and wider kayaks, like the Shearwater 125, the Sea Ghost 130, Yellowfin 130T and Yellowfin 120 deliver excellent stability and speed for either offshore ocean kayak fishing, or fishing and paddling on large lakes and larger rivers.
Smaller and more streamlined fishing kayaks like the Sea Ghost 110 and Yellowfin 100 are also fast and stable, but since they are smaller, they are especially suited for smaller rivers, ponds, and lakes, or for inshore saltwater bays and channels.
Here’s an awesome Vibe video on how to correctly strap your kayak down on top of a vehicle and transport it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=vvhm3I7Ym_Q&feature=emb_logo
Also, a roof rack, whether factory installed or an aftermarket product, greatly improves both security and convenience when transporting your Vibe fishing kayak. There are many aftermarket accessories that combine with a roof rack to offer even more convenience and security.
The simplest – but not necessarily the most secure solution – is to place minicell foam cradles between the boat and the roof, and tie the kayak to the roof rack.
The most secure attachment would come from an aftermarket roof rack and specially made "kayak cradles." This option provides security, convenience, and protection from hull damage.
Good results may also be obtained by strapping the boat directly to a rack. It's best to at least pad the rack with foam and tie the kayak on upside-down to minimize deformation of the hull.
In all cases, it is recommended to tie both ends of the kayak to the bumpers for extra security.
Your Vibe dealer https://vibekayaks.com/apps/store-locator can provide you with any parts and accessories you may need.
Choosing a paddle is largely a matter of personal preference. There are many sizes, shapes and materials available. If possible, try a number of different paddles and choose the one that feels best. Keep in mind, a paddle is an extremely important piece of gear that can make or break the pleasure of a full day on the water. Take the time to decide what works best for you. We’ve a variety of great paddles in our shop to choose from to fit all needs!
Ranging from 200 cm to 250 cm, paddle length depends on the height of the person and the width of the kayak. The taller the person is, and the wider the kayak is, the longer you’ll want your paddle to be.
The Vibe Kayaks Owners group on Facebook is a community of folks who love everything Mother Nature has to offer, but especially getting out on the water for paddling and kayak fishing. The Vibe Tribe provides fantastic resources for tips and tricks on everything from kayaking and fishing, to rigging and DIY kayak MODs. Plus, it’s an awesome space to share your adventures! No other social group is as supportive and helpful around kayak fishing as the Vibe Owners Group, so be sure to stop by and ask questions.
The recommended way to store your kayak is on its sides, which are the thickest, strongest part of the kayak. You can achieve this by using straps (suspended from your ceiling) or by securely propping it against a wall. If you are storing it on saw horses or stands it is best to flip it upside down to prevent warping the hull. Many may choose to store it flat on the floor, but over extended periods of time this can slightly warp the hull; if ground storage is your only option, and laying it on its side will not work for you, consider constructing some PVC bunks for it to rest on.
**NOTE** The Shearwater 125 front keel is not designed to be load-bearing, so if storing on stands or saw horses be sure to not rest the weight of the kayak on the front keel.
HIN numbers can be found on the right side of the kayak (standing at stern looking forward) just below the side seam demarcating the hull and deck. Position of the HIN number will be within 18-inches forward of stern. HIN numbers are scribed into the hull of the kayak.
Sea Ghost Rudder Installation Video
Yellowfin 130T Installation Video
Yellowfin 120T Installation Video
Safety first! For terrific safety advice for being on the water in your kayak or canoe, the American Canoe Association (ACA) is an excellent resource for getting the most out of your paddling experience through information and training.
Vibe shares the same goals that emphasize respect for the sport and always recommend training for all paddlers. Safety is key for your enjoyment of paddling. Many states also have a variety of laws related to the safe operation of your kayak and required accessories, such as a PFD (life jacket) and a sound device (such as an air horn or whistle), so please search online for what regulations might be specific to your state.
Our customer service shop team is ready and willing to help with questions, suggestions and repair needs. If you’re in the mood to take on the project yourself, check out our video on how to plastic weld your kayak! If you call in to the shop just ask for someone from the shop staff, they will be more than happy to assist you.
It is not recommended to leave a kayak outside uncovered. The extreme temperatures and direct sun can warp the hull of the kayak so it may not perform the way it was built to. Also, the weather and insects can impact the cosmetics of the kayak.
Yes, you can install a motor on our Vibe fishing kayaks. Once installed though, you will need to register the kayak with the state in order to comply with local boating laws, and you are responsible for adhering to all boating laws.
To install a trolling motor on your kayak, you’ll need a mount. There are, in essence, two types of trolling motor mounts: off-the-shelf kits, and homemade mounting kits. Vibe recommends Bixpy as a source of excellent motors for kayaks, and they also have mounting kits: https://bixpy.com/
Our premium kayaks are designed and engineered in Kennesaw, GA and manufactured in China.
Color variations are not covered under the Vibe warranty. Vibe kayaks are made from poured plastic so each kayak has a unique, but awesome color blend.
The tracks are pretty universal and should fit almost any product with a track slide.
With a Vibe Sea Ghost series fishing kayak this process is easy. Simply mount the transducer in the transducer well, inside the kayak, then mount your fishfinder wherever you choose. Plug the cables into the battery, and you’re all set.
If you have a different Vibe kayak, you will need a couple of accessories to make this happen. Instead of hard-mounting the transducer on the bottom of the kayak and getting damaged, we recommend a transducer arm – which can be track mounted. This allows the transducer to swing down into the water when needed, and stays out of the way when not being used.
Yes, you can drill into a kayak and mount gear tracks and certain other parts. If you do drill, you will want to use waterproof silicone to keep the holes water tight. Also, if you do not have access to the inside for backing, then you can use pop rivets. 5/16″ or 1/4″ are common sizes for many of the off-the-shelf kayak fishing accessories. Keep in mind when drilling that if your modification later causes a failure point, that the warranty will not cover it. But adding small accessories and tracks are not usually linked back to any sort of hull failure as long as you go slow and be careful!
Be sure to share your modification questions with the Vibe Owners Group on Facebook! They love to offer advice and share ideas!
Depending on the Vibe fishing kayak the answer changes. For Yellowfin and Skipjack kayak series, the hardware is M6. For the Sea Ghost series the hardware is M5.
They are inserts for any accessory that will fit in the area to be mounted, without having to drill holes into the kayak.
The majority of people asking this question are referring to our Vibe Skipjack kayak model. The Vibe Hero seat will not fit into a Skipjack without building a mount for it. The Hero seat generally does not fit in another brand kayak due to its metal frame.
At this time we do not have a kit for purchase to make your Vibe Hero seat higher. Be aware that changing the height of the seat will affect the stability of your kayak.
Be mindful, too, that DIY options may compromise the integrity of your kayak and/or Hero seat and Vibe takes no responsibility nor liability for any damage if you do use DIY options.
If you do choose to tackle DIY, we have a very talented group of DIYers in our Vibe Facebook Owners Group that can give you tips. Check it out here!
There are a lot of different kayak and boating slang words, aren’t there??? Having a basic understanding of some of the basic kayaking and paddling terms will help you understand what people say, or what you're reading, when it comes to your Vibe fishing kayak and being on the water. Here's a list of some terms we thought would be helpful for you.
Blade - The broad part at the end of a paddle.
Bow - The forward, front-part of a kayak.
Hull - The bottom shape of a kayak, which determines how it will perform in various conditions. Kayaks have a “hull” on the bottom and a “deck” on the top.
Portage - To carry a kayak over land (or the trail you carry it over) to get from one waterway to another or to avoid a specific part of water.
PFD - Personal flotation device, or lifejacket. Wear it!
Shaft - The long skinny part of a kayak paddle.
Stern - The rear end of a kayak.
Swamp - To fill a kayak with water.
Trim - The bow-to-stern leveling in the water of a kayak that affects kayak control. In most cases it should be nearly level, with the stern slightly lower in the water.
Bulkhead - A cross-sectional wall inside a kayak, made of composite, plastic, or foam. Bulkheads provide structural support and cross-sectional bulkheads create watertight compartments for buoyancy and storage.
Deck - The top part of a kayak that keeps the hull from filling with water.
Footpegs (also known as foot braces) - Adjustable structures inside the cockpit on which a kayaker places the balls of her feet.
Sit-on-top (SOT) - A kayak without a cockpit, sit-on-tops are usually self-bailing with various seat and foot brace configurations. Sit-on-top kayaks are generally considered safer and better for lots of activities. All of Vibe’s kayaks are sit-on-top kayaks.
Wet exit - Coming out of a capsized kayak.