As a closed bow die hard, I can see a practical advantage of this setup. In short, it is hinged at the front. So you open the windshield, lift the bow and deposit or withdraw whatever gear you need. I can store a lot in the closed bow of my boat. But retrieving that vest that is stuffed up under the nose can be tricky without removing everything else. In this configuration, you loose a little storage for the seat pedestals, but you gain ease of access.
Just an observation from another CB purist.
Previous: 1993 Prostar 205
Red 1998 Closed Bow Ski Boat, PCM GT40, 310 hp, Standard Gear Reduction, Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG/Zbox.
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