Just got a boat this year that meets the kenai regs. I've been launching from bings, but this weekend decided to launch from skilak. fished for a while and it was a zoo on the middle. cruised down the middle looking for good water with less people. noticed the wind was picking up but didn't think to much about it. by the time we left, the wind was gusting pretty good. when i came to the entrance of the lake i was amazed at the whitecaps and huge waves on the lake. It was real sketchy to say the least. I'm definitely going to launch at bings or check the weather before i launch at the lake again. that was an eye opening experience to say the least. if your a new boater out there be careful and check the weather before lauching at the lake, I know i will from now on.