A bow rider is a kind of runabout boat with an open bow area where there are extra seats in front of the helm station. This term can be confused with bow riding, a dangerous and often illegal activity involving sitting or standing on the bow itself while the boat is underway.
Bow riders are typically between 17' and 30', use stern drive or outboard engines, and hold between six and ten people. 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 waterways but not open water. In heavy seas the open bow and lower gunwales will cause the boat to take on more water into the bilge.