I will probably be taking multiple (3) people with me out on the lake sometimes, so I need something large enough for small/medium trips for 2-3 guys plus equipment weight, and then something small enough that I feel comfortable and suitable alone, and I feel a 12 foot aluminum with a 6-10 (probably 10ish) motor suits it well.
From all the sources I've read, realistically you can put about 500lbs of weight on one of these without complications, which is perfect for what I'm looking for.
Oh ok yeah then you should really go with at least a 12 footer maybe a lil bigger. Make sure you check the boat for what motor it is rated for, max people and weight. Like you said you need something that can handle the people and the weight. Not to mention it could get ya a ticket.