This segment will cover all the features on the tail-end of your Veranda Luxury Pontoon, also known as the stern. The length of the stern deck, or stern swim platform as some like to call it, will vary based upon the series and model you have chosen. This area will get a lot of use when getting skiers into the water or back on board, or for swimming. You’ll notice the flooring is soft and comfortable, allowing you to rest your feet in the water while relaxing.
The first feature we’ll look at is the VLP performance motor pod, which extends out from underneath the deck in the center area and has the fuel tank, U Flex hydraulic steering, and the Yamaha outboard motor attached to it.
If you have a bi-toon the overall length of the motor pod will be shorter and contain a 27-gallon fuel tank. If you have a tritoon the motor pod will be part of the center log and house a larger 55-gallon fuel tank. Motor pod on the stern of a bi-toon.
The Triple-toon Performance Package we offer that includes the performance motor pod and your choice of 25 or 27” pontoons allows for greater passenger capacity, horsepower capability, and speed.
Greater passenger capacity, horsepower capability, and speed.
The four full-length lifting strakes, located along the bottom portion of the pontoons, provide greater running surface and less resistance. The UFLEX Hydraulic Tilt Steering, also part of the Triple-toon Performance Package, gives the captain greater maneuverability at the helm.
The splash fins, located along both sides of the VLP Performance Motor Pod, prevent water from splashing up on the stern swim platform when underway. On top of these are several warning stickers regarding safe handling around the motor. You should see a white sticker on the starboard side splash fin that has your boat work order number on it that begins with VW. This was used during the production of your pontoon at the plant.
We exclusively install best-in-class Yamaha Outboards on all Veranda Luxury Pontoons that leave the plant. Our long-standing partnership with Yamaha ensures that our valued customers like yourself, are able to enjoy the performance and reliability for years to come.
The outboard will be bolted onto the transom with all hoses and wiring running through the VLP Performance Motor Pod. The trim button on the side of the motor or on the throttle will allow you to raise and lower the pitch of the motor to drain the water and clean off all aquatic vegetation, which will be explained in more depth in the Operating Your Veranda video segments, along with how to properly unload and load the pontoon at the ramp if you trailer it. The Care & Maintenance video segments will provide detailed instruction on how to properly maintain your Yamaha outboard.
Almost every Veranda model that we manufacture includes a ski tow bar, except for the Fish Series. A ski tow bar is one sure-fire way to push the fun factor up a few notches! This feature will provide hours of endless water sports entertainment for your passengers and keep them busy. Depending upon the model and options you included, you will have either a stainless or black powder coated ski tow bar, which is made from 2.25” diameter aircraft grade aluminum tubing the is meticulously welded together and bolted onto the underside of the deck. The small footprint provides clean styling and minimal obstruction on the stern swim platform. Secure your ski rope to the tow point located in the center of the top horizontal bar.
The law requires you to have a spotter watching the passenger being towed and make sure your tow ropes are kept out of the way of the prop. Always shut off the engine completely when loading or unloading skiers behind your pontoon. Please note that ski tow bars are to only be used by a skier, wakeboarder or knee boarder. The elevated height of the ski tow bar combined with the excess stress from pulling an inflatable could lead to structural failure of the ski tow bar, stern swim deck, or the boat itself.
If you plan to pull inflatables, you will need to use an optional Turbo Swing ski tow bar that wraps around the outboard motor. Your dealer can install one for you even after your pontoon has been delivered. The other option is to use a Y-rope harness connected to the bow eyes located on the stern end of the starboard and port logs. An additional note, if you purchased the optional JL High Output Audio Stereo Package Upgrade, you will have a pair of JL Audio Rear Facing Can Speakers attached to the ski tow bar.
Just beyond the ski tow bar is the rear entry gate, which allows you to board the aft area of your pontoon. The rear entry gate is located in the center on most floor plans, except for the Versa Lounge and Fish Series, which has it located toward the starboard side of the stern swim deck. 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 it up. Gates on the Versa Lounge and Fish Series have a latch to secure the door closed while under power.
If you have a tritoon you will notice a small black cap on the port side stern fence, which is the fuel tank air vent. Plastic fuel tanks, which your pontoon has, are designed to allow for expansion and contraction, so the vent prevents vacuum block, which would prevent fuel from being pumped from the tank to your motor. This vent needs to be opened when operating your motor. During storage, the vent must be kept closed to prevent evaporation and loss of your fuel, and prevent dangerous fumes from escaping, which could cause an explosion. This is especially important if you store your pontoon in an enclosed area, such as a garage or storage unit during the winter. A slotted, flat blade screwdriver can be used to tighten it if the cap is loose.
Standard on the all-new V-One 25 is a Wet Sound premium Bluetooth Audio System, which includes a rear fence radio head unit located in the stern, on the starboard accent panel. If you own a VP or Vertex Series and opted for the JL High Output Audio Stereo Package Upgrade, you will notice a dark grey rubber covering, located on the starboard side of the stern fence, allowing you and your passengers to conveniently control the stereo from the stern swim platform.
A pair of stainless steel deck cleats are located on the stern deck and are used to wrap lines around to secure the pontoon to the dock or another boat. Whether fold down or fixed upright, each includes 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 our mooring or anchor line to or the ratchet cover. These should never be used to tow passengers behind your pontoon.
The boarding ladder is located on the starboard side of the stern swim platform and is used for climbing back onto the pontoon from the water. Depending upon the Veranda model you purchased, your ladder will either be aluminum or stainless steel and have a strap or clip to keep it upright and locked in place when underway.
To deploy the ladder, just remove the strap or clip, flip it over towards the water and allow it to open. Be sure to stow the ladder upright before you get underway. The ladder may become damaged if dragged for an excessive amount of time or in rough water. The boarding ladder is not designed to be used outside of water to gain entry onto the stern swim deck when trailering or on a dry dock.
Both the port and starboard logs have bow eyes, which are used for securing the pontoon to the trailer with transom straps when traveling and can be used for towing inflatables with a Y-rope harness.
Below the bow eye on the starboard log is a light bracket, which holds the underwater RGB light, controlled from the dash. You will notice the black plastic tubing with wiring inside of it extending from the light bracket upward and underneath the deck. The Vista View, Relax series Base Package and Fish Series Base Package does not include an underwater RGB light.
Moving further down you will see a brass plug with white Teflon tape around it. As previously mentioned, the pontoon logs are pressure tested multiple times in the building process to ensure a solid seal. When storing your pontoon out of water for long periods of time, you may need to unscrew the plugs (located at the bottom of each log) to allow for condensation to drain or pressure to be released. Refer to the Care & Maintenance video segments for further details.
Moving to the port side of the motor, the end cap on the port side log will contain a bow eye, light bracket w/RGB underwater light. The Vista View, Relax series Base Package and Fish Series Base Package does not include an underwater RGB light.
Below that is an additional bracket, which houses a transducer, connected to your Simrad chart plotter on the dash. You may need to adjust the pitch of the transducer if your graph is not detecting the bottom clearly. Folding it upright when trailering will ensure its safety.
On that same bracket is the livewell intake, which draws up water into the livewell on the deck of the pontoon.
Refer to the midship video segments for more information about operating your Simrad. Well, that wraps up this tour of the exterior stern on your Veranda.