A bow rider is a kind of runabout boat with an offset helm and extra forward seating. They are between 17' and 35', use stern drive or outboard engines, and hold between six and ten people. Its open bow area distinguishes it from a cuddy boat.
This term can be confused with bow riding, a dangerous and often illegal activity involving sitting or standing on the bow while the boat is underway.
They are well suited for many recreational water sports such as tubing, water skiing, and swimming, however a center console or walkaround type boat is more practical for fishing. Bow riders are well suited for lakes and inland water. In heavy seas the open bow and lower gunwales may cause heavy spray and the boat to take on water.

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