It really is dependent on lake conditions and driver skill. I have somehow survived 13 years in my 18 1/2 ranger fishing some very big water - Mille Lacs, LOTW, Chequamegon Bay, Sturgeon Bay, and many others, and I've been scared shatless several times. That said, BCB has a wide range of models available, from the Sabre to the Jaguar. I can tell you from my own experience, after acquiring a 20' 4" Cougar last fall, if you're going to primarily fish big water, size does matter. Running the Cougar in the rough stuff is like riding in a caddy compared to the smaller ranger and I am extremely pleased with it. However, I would be the first to admit that a bass boat does not equal a big deep V like a yarcraft in the rough stuff. It really depends on what you want (I'm also a speed freak). FM-Millelacs's Marine will be hosting a "ride and drive" day Aug 23 on Mille Lacs and it is a very good opportunity to see for yourself what they can and cannot do. I attended one of these events about a year and a half ago. The wind was blowing hard out of the NW and we launched in Isle Bay. I was riding with Ivan, BCB's Nat'l sales manager and I told him I wanted to see what it (Puma) could do in the waves. That's pretty much how I wound up with the Cougar.