I'd recommend only taking it out in conditions you feel comfortable in; things I would consider are water depth, boat traffic, length of trip (distance and time), etc. It will always pay to error on the side of caution. I take my Pond Prowler out in just about any wind speed, under white caps, because I feel relatively comfortable that I can control any situation I'd end up in. Also, a huge help to me is my Power Pole Micro Anchor--although I am limited on its capabilities in deeper water, I just control my boat positioning more in windy conditions. I would venture to guess that tying up to a piling would be far easier than fussing with a traditional anchor, but would love to hear what others have to say on the matter! Either way, having a whole week off and planning to spend it fishing sounds awesome; I hope you have a great time!