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Boat Review: Clifton 19 2.0

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The Clifton 19 is the smallest new launch from Magson Marine, but it’s going to be an integral part of their lineup that offers locally built, affordable family boats with a high quality look and feel. This sporty bowrider is designed for a wide range of customers with one thing in mind – extreme enjoyment on the water.

The Clifton range has been produced for well over a decade, and though this second-generation 19-footer pays homage to its predecessors, its new aesthetically pleasing design and premium performance may make it the best craft to date from this camp. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this boat a frontrunner in its class.

Deck layout

The Clifton 19 is intended to be affordable, but it does come standard with a full selection of necessities and accessories, designed to make life on the water a whole lot more fun. ‘Basic’ isn’t a word you’ll find in this boat’s description, but if you are looking to load up on features to customise this craft, there is a veritable catalogue of extras just waiting to take your Clifton to the next level.

New on this second-generation is a rear facing stern seating area which doubles up as an ideal place for wakeboarders to get kitted up.

A walk-through section on the engine cover makes getting to the water much easier, prevents slips and wet feet from walking all over the cushions. Personally, I think an option to include a removable cushion to turn the walkway into a sundeck would enhance this area, but manufacturers are always open to suggestion, so don’t count it out. The plush cushioning in this area offers mom the chance to enjoy real comfort and a have a great vantage point to view the kids playing in the water around the back of the boat.

The generous swim platform wraps around the full beam and offers ample room for hanging-out and getting in and out of the water. The swim platform is covered in a non-slip, anti-damage matting which effectively protects the boat and wakeboards from minor dings, scratches and other little accidents.

You may notice that there is no boarding ladder; Magson Marine say the swim platform is low enough to the water thus offering easily accessibility for riders and swimmers. From personal experience,
unless the deck is below the water so that I can almost swim onto it in a beaching-like fashion, it’s not going to be low enough for me to gain easy access. This can be overcome by adding a boarding ladder at little extra cost.

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