Boomer, my pond is completely surrounded by trees. If it's not blowing 20 out in the open, there's very little wind on the pond. Plus, it cracks me up when a gust actually makes it down to pond level and overpowers the boat. I have sailed it when tropical storms were passing with gusts near 40, which probably translates to 20 down at pond level, and I agree that the boat can't really handle it. Torturing my imaginary crew cracks me up.