Not sure when the open bow came in, but I have a 21.5 ft, 2000 Ski Centurion Elite Bowrider, direct drive. I love it! It runs good, throws a good wake (700 lb sac in rear locker, 500 lb sac on floor behind engine). The bow tends to dip when I dont have the sacs filled and people are in the bow. It rides really low. Plenty of room in boat, I have been out with eleven people with no problem.
Here are a couple of pics of it out of water and another in the water with both sacs filled