This segment will cover all the features on the front area of your Veranda Luxury Pontoon or the bow as it’s called, starting at the top of the bow entry gate and working our way down to the pontoon logs.
The bow entry gate allows you to board the forward area of your pontoon. Whether you use the stainless handle or grab the top of the fence on the gate itself, you lift upward to unlock the gate and swing toward the interior to open.
The bow entry gate on the Vertex Series will include an embellished stainless Veranda logo, while most of the other series will have the Veranda logo decal.
The Fish Series gates have a latch to secure the door in a closed position.
On each side of the gate, you will notice small navigational lights, with green on the starboard side and red on the port side. These, in combination with the white masthead light on top of the bimini, provide the legal requirements needed to safely navigate on the water in low-light settings while giving other boaters an idea of your location and direction of travel.
Lower down and closer to the gate are the LED docking lights (on all models except the Vista View Series), which are attached to the panels and controlled from the dash. These bright headlights are helpful when loading or docking your pontoon in low-light. A Coast Guard regulation prohibits them from being used when running on the water.
A pair of stainless steel deck cleats are located on the bow deck and are used to wrap lines around to secure the pontoon to the dock or another boat. Whether fold down or fixed upright, they each include two horns extending out from the base. The fold-down cleats are convenient and provide less of a trip hazard. You can also use these to attach a mooring line, anchor line, or ratchet cover. The length of the bow deck, or bow swim platform as some like to call it, will vary based upon the series and model you have chosen.
The aluminum end cap that is secured around the entire edge of the deck helps trims the vinyl flooring and covers the patented interlocking deck system. The VP and Vertex Series end cap includes a black rub rail for added durability.
Progressing further, you will notice the nose cones, which are the front portion of each pontoon log and have a bow eye on the end of each, used for securing your pontoon whether when trailering or mooring.
If you have a bi-toon you’ll have two nose cones and pontoon logs and if you have a tritoon you will have three nose cones and logs under your deck.
Finally, you will notice on the bow is the horn, located underneath the front deck, usually on the left side, and like other electronic components is controlled from the dash.