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I'd say it depends on the lake. Some lakes are huge without anything to block the wind. Some lakes are huge and are narrow or have lots of islands that block the wind. Or they are in mountain valleys that block the wind so waves are not an issue. I live in the Charleston area and I've seen kite surfers in the middle of the harbor on windy days, paddle boarders and kayaks in the harbor or in the santee cooper system. Unless you are actually going offshore (ocean) I think you can use just about any sized boat if you use common sense. 

 

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Weather and boat traffic will be your limiting factors, not the size of the water.

 

You also probably should check out this thread.  Everything you ever wanted to know is in there.

 

 

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Welcome aboard!

 

Your best answer is ^^^ from @J Francho. I looked at these years ago,

ended up going the kayak way. but these would have been better when

my boys were younger....

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As said above, it is not the size of the water, but traffic & wind patterns that limit where to use them. 

 

I love my Pond Prowler, but would only recommend using it on an electric only lake, no wake areas or areas where winds won't commonly create whitecaps.  It is the wrong design for rough waters where waves can easily break over the low bow.

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I fish a 3100 acre lake with a 10’ Pond Prowler. I stay back in the creek though from May to September to avoid the wake from all the boats. I don’t mind riding out the occasional wake but having to stop fishing every few minutes every time a boat goes by gets old fast.

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