Malibu Kayaks Stealth 14 Kayak
Outstanding fishing kayak made even better!
I have two Stealth 14s from Malibu Kayaks. The first one is Lime Green and it has been my main fishing kayak for the past four years. I've paddled it miles out in Lake Ontario, in Class II Rapids on the Genesee River Gorge, and on many of the Finger Lakes in Western NY. I've also taken it out west to fish rivers and reservoirs in several other states. It has been an incredibly safe and stable platform to fish from. I am hard on my equipment, often drag to fishing sites, and despite signs of wear, it is still going strong!
When I heard about some upgrades that Malibu Kayaks had made to the Stealth 14 and I saw the new Camouflage color pattern, I had to get another one. I just picked it up a month ago and have had it out on the water a few times already. WOW! The new kayak retains all of the incredible features that I love about it - stability, ZERO hull slap in waves, access to below deck storage... The improvements in this model are incredible. Here are a few of them:
-Hatch seal. One of the early concerns about the Stealth 14 when it first came out was that the hatch seal was not tight and that it could possibly allow water to get in during rough waves or in a flip-over. I had never had a problem with too much water getting in despite logging hundreds of hours in rough water. However, Malibu Kayaks has addressed this concern by putting in a high-quality gasket seal, adding heavy duty adjustable straps, and redesigning the gator hatch cover into a completely enclosed hollow cover instead of a clam shell - it now fits very snug over the hatch and makes a tight seal.
-Tie downs. The new Stealth 14 now has tapped-in heavy-duty posts for tie-down points instead of riveted hooks that the earlier versions came with. They are much stronger, easier to use, and create a very clean snag-free deck environment.
-Front seat attachments for the new model includes a hull redesign to include posts with tapped-in heavy-duty loops, instead of the riveted standard deck loops. I actually broke one on my first kayak. It was an easy fix, but there's no way I'm going to break the new system!
-Front and rear carry handles are now recessed for more comfortable use.
-Live well drain plug has been relocated from the keel to an offset location. This creates a stronger keel and prevents damage to the plug or water circulation kit when hitting bottom.
-Increased hull access. Both side hatches have inserts and you are able to access the hull for rod storage. Previously, you could only do this with one side.
-Hinged rear hatch cover instead of the old detachable cover. This is great because you no longer have to worry about dropping the hatch cover while opening it out on the water.
-Hardware. All rivets have been replaced by high quality stainless steel bolts.
The Stealth 14 was outstanding before, but I now believe it is the best quality fishing kayak in its class. With a 550lb weight capacity, it is unrivaled. It also paddles great!
This is a serious kayak for serious fishermen. My first Stealth 14 is now used as a spare to take friends and family along with me on my trips. I look forward to many years out on the water with both!
May 13, 2012
This is the best kayak on the market for big guys. I'm 6' 3 " and 275# and have had no problems with stability, I can even stand and fish or hang my legs off the side and have never felt unstable. The stealth is 33" wide and 14' long and has a max weight of 550#, which is one of the highest in the market. This kayak has a built in livewell, which you can add a livewell pump to and plenty of storage for all of your gear and tackle. This is the bass boat of kayaks. The Stealth 14 tracks great and is easy to paddle. If you are looking for a kayak for fishing or just to paddle around then look no further.
May 3, 2012
What a fishing machine!!
Last Sept, I purchased a Malibu Stealth 14 for fishing in both fresh and salt water. I've had other kayaks before and they worked okay but I wanted one that was stable, had a large capacity and was comfortable......I'm 5'11 and 260 lbs. I'm constantly crappie fishing using live minnows as well as catching live bait at the coast and was tired of dragging around a minnow bucket. The stealth 14, which has a built in live well in the center was a perfect fit. I added a pump system so I could recirculate the water and it runs off a 12V10amp battery installed in one of the storage areas. The stealth 14 is very stable for standing and sight casting as well as sitting side saddle for those lazy days of fishing with your feet in the water. The stealth offers several side storage compartments as well as a rear storage area for tackle, first aid kits, snacks, etc. Even though it is a wide kayak(33"), it's very easy to paddle and tracks great. I've rigged it out with an anchor trolley, rod holders and a Hummingbird 180 FF. I love my Malibu stealth 14
March 30, 2012