... and it's "no". I get out on Lake Erie fairly often and I wouldn't dream of doing it in an inflatable kayak.
Inflatables are best on small lakes and windless days. For Erie you really need to 'gear up' and have the skills to deal with the wind and waves that can kick up in a blink. If you get knocked over (I mean when you get knocked over as eventually it happens to everyone), that inflatable will take off like a stone skipping across the water.
Would you consider a plan "B"? Plan "B" can be anything as long as it doesn't contain both Lake Erie and an inflatable kayak.
Here's a picture I took of Lake Erie last year:
The waves were well in excess of 10 feet.
Anyhow, if you are thinking of blow up boats due to space limitations, perhaps you might look for a folding kayak.
Folbot makes some nice ones that one could conceivably take out on Erie and if you want to indulge yourself, there's always Feathercraft.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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