I think what everyone is agreed upon is the fact that you must respect the weather and the water. As tommays mentioned, my boat has a good bit of bow flare to push away the water; even so, I have had a good bit of water coming over the bow when things have gotten nasty. My center console is designed to take that water and move it out the back quickly via 4 large deck drains, the hatches on the deck are designed to keep the majority of water from going below into the bilge; even so water gets down there which is why I have 2 bilge pumps. One pump would do it, but I don't want to have a bunch of water in the bilge and a single pump stop pumping...redundancy.
The bowriders I have had in the past are shaped differently than the bow of my center console, they haven't had the big deck drains that my CC has, so the bilge pump has to take care of any water getting onboard.
Just bear in mind before you make the decision to go offshore what the conditions are like, if it is windy... stay close. Don't put yourself or passengers in harm's way if you can help it. If things do get rough, make sure you know your craft and how to handle it in big water. Every boat handles waves differently, be sure you know how yours does.