Aptly named, bowriders are the most popular runabouts and sport boats, thanks in large part to abundant seating in the open bow up front.

Not all the fun comes while seated, though. Most bowriders, like deck boats, have a tow eye at the stern, ready to tow a skier, wakeboarder or tube. Some have or can accept a tower or other elevated attachment (often called a pylon) for a rope. Your bowrider will likely have a swim platform for water sports and a ladder for entering and exiting the water.

Most bowriders have sterndrive — sometimes called inboard/outboard — power, although today’s snappy outboard engines are becoming more popular.

Close cousins of deck boats, bowriders have hulls with a little more V-shape and come to a point at the bow. That helps them turn a bit sharper, especially at higher speeds, and handle rough water better.

Quick Stats

  • watersports
  • day cruising
  • 10 Max
  • 16 - 35 ft
  • outboard engine
  • sterndrive engine
  • jet propulsion
  • trailerable