Yes, there’s more to learn about the 165 Ghost and of course, we’ll now dig a little deeper into the details. But trust us, it’s impossible to step off of this boat without having a grin plastered across your face. That grin gets generated by 150 four-stroke Rotax horses, blasting water through a 155MM jet pump to bring you to a top-end speed of right around 40 MPH. And you get there fast—really fast. What’s better, however, is what happens when you crank the wheel over. This boat handles like a large PWC, with near-instantaneous turns. The hull slides just enough to feel like a motorcycle skidding into a hair-pin, but never slides so much that you feel like there’s a loss of control.
Oh, and by the way, you’d better plan on getting wet. Again, think of this boat like a very large PWC. As you zigzag back and forth water flies in every direction, and you’ll notice that the low-slung bow only clears the water’s surface by a foot or two. Chop the throttle as a wave approaches and you’ll scoop a face-full of water. For this reason I do wish the helm had a bit more protection, in the form of a small windshield. Something to duck behind, just so it didn’t feel like someone was standing on the bow with a garden hose aimed directly at your face.
Then again, maybe that’s a geriatric attitude. PWCs don’t have windshields, and half the fun is getting soaked in the first place, right? Besides, this boat is made for it. There’s nothing that will get damaged by a thorough dousing, the gauges and switches are all sealed, and the cockpit is self-bailing. So what the heck—grab a bathing suit, put your cell phone in a waterproof case, and go have some more fun. The stringers are fiberglass, the lights are LEDs, the cleats are stainless-steel.
If watersports are your favorite form of on-the-water action (read The Wonderful World of Watersports: All Things Towable if you want to learn more about wakeboarding, wake surfing, and the like), you’ll be happy to learn that the 165 Ghost has a ski locker in the deck and a tow-eye on the transom. There’s also a pair of aft-facing seats built into the stern, though these are probably best used for coving and swimming as opposed to when running.
Deadrise 21 degrees
Displacement 1,600 lbs
Fuel capacity 20 gal.