28 Bullet Cuddy Bow Rider

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28 Bullet Cuddy Bow Rider

"We'd love to see a sport boat that can challenge the 28 bullet. But frankly, nothing right now comes close. " -Powerboat Magazine
Designed for the performance enthusiast as a dual-purpose high performance family sport boat or an all out APBA Factory 1 race boat, the Howard 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW is the perfect blend of style and performance. Utilizing the most up to date advanced ventilated-stepped hull technology available today, the 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW delivers speed and performance as only a Howard can. Equally at home on large lakes and unprotected bodies of water, the 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW epitomizes high performance boating at its finest. We have designed an ergonomic cockpit that has more interior space, and then some, than any other boat in its class. Race designed drop out bolster seats, with built in lumbar support, hold you comfortably in place regardless of water conditions. Standard seating for ten is accomplished in unparalleled comfort. An optional rear seat incorporating four individual buckets, with built-in headrests on the sundeck, is also available. Howard's innovating styling and technology allow for a full fiberglass sundeck presenting a flush molded-in modern look. This design eliminates protruding scoops from the center of the hatch, so that nothing detracts from the clean sleek styling (supercharged motors, obviously, are the exception). The spacious cabin is pure elegance. Twin facing convertible couches provide seating for four adults as well as providing additional sleeping space. An optional entertainment center complete with electric blender, icebox with wet bar and running water is also available. Up front there is a deep plush bow section that seats four adults comfortably. For those who truly appreciate luxurious quality and performance, there is nothing finer than the 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW.


The HOWARD 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW is constructed using only the finest materials available. We start with full-blown 100% vinyl-ester resin and Knytex knitted Bi and Tri directional glass fabric. The entire hull is cored with 1/2" end grain Baltek Balsa and Baltek foam. The four full-length stringers are made from fiber reinforced foam encapsuled in fiberglass. The hull and deck are joined together with Knytex 1708 Bi-directional glass fabric. Self draining floor liner, sundeck are molded one piece (Balsa cored) fiberglass. All stringers, bulkheads, floors and fuel tanks are installed while still in the mold to insure a perfect fit. Like all Howard's, the mold cure time is two weeks to insure proper curing and strength with no distortion. All hardware is grade A aircraft quality stainless steel. Howard's absolute insistence on quality and meticulous attention to detail has produced the finest performance boat available.


Exhilarating, Fast, Stable, and Smooth Riding' One ride and you will be saying all of these things. With its ocean tested bottom the 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW is afraid of nothing. Our unique bottom design allows the 28 BULLET CUDDY / OPEN BOW to run regardless of water conditions. 80 plus mph speeds with the MerCruiser HP525 to over triple-digit numbers with optional power. THIS BOAT PERFORMS! Just listen to what the pros have to say "quotes".


Length 28'
Max Beam 100"
Approximate Weight 4500 lbs
Seating 6
Approximate Fuel Capacity 80 gal
Hull Deadrise 22.5o
Transom Angle 15o
Freeboard 40"

Standard Equipment / Features:

  • 100% hand laminated deck & hull with pure vinyl-ester resin and knitted Bi & Tri-directional fiberglass
  • Aircraft quality stainless steel fasteners throughout
  • MerCruiser 6.2 with MerCruiser Bravo One (320hp)
  • Full Gaffrig instrumentation including dual lever shifter built into driver seat and polished Dino steering wheel
  • 80 gallon fuel capacity
  • S.S. Propeller
  • Custom color coordinated genuine naugahyde interior with double stitched French flat seams and 40 oz plush marine carpet 
  • Custom gel coat design with up to 7 colors including fade
  • Fiberglass floors, seat bases and engine lid with hidden hinges
  • Electric hatch actuator
  • Custom finished engine compartment
  • Automatic bilge pumps and bilge blower
  • Custom interior lighting package & navigation lights
  • Fusion coated billet hardware: grab handles w/vents, ski tow, gauge bezels, fuel fills, cleats, cup holders, battery box and custom switch panel with illuminated rocker switches
  • Ellis tandem trailer with brakes, ladder, diamond plate and walkway
  • Built in ski locker, ice chest & bow storage compartment
  • Separate one piece mold for open bow model (not a cutout)
  • 4 stainless pop-up cleats with fusion coated bezel
  • Custom Billet seat bases

Power Option Upgrades:

MerCruiser 502 MAG MPI / Bravo One 380hp
MerCruiser 502 MAG H.O. MPI / Bravo One 430hp
MerCruiser HP 525 EFI / Bravo One XR 525hp
MerCruiser HP 565 EFI / Bravo One XR 565hp
MerCruiser HP 600 SCI / Bravo One XR 600hp
Custom Motors Available

Performance Reviews:

Performance Reviews (Click on an Image for the Article)
Powerboat June 2005
Hot Boat January 2002
Powerboat January 2005