Your pursuit of luxury and technological superiority has culminated in the Veranda Vertex Series. This video segment will get you better acquainted with the helm used on all Vertex Series luxury pontoons including the RC (rear chaise), RFL (rear facing lounge), VLB (Versa Lounge Bench), and VLC (Versa Lounge Captain’s Chair).
As you approach the helm, located midship on the starboard side, you will notice the fiberglass console with a French seam vinyl-wrapped dash, windscreen, and a large storage compartment underneath it, which you can open by pulling on the round chrome handle. This large storage compartment is ideal for storing a cooler, inflatable, or PFDs.
The console and “Hise Rise” hydraulic helm chair sit on top of the elevated SeaDek-lined helm with RGB lighting. Several small chrome LED lights to line the platform, are controlled on the dash, and help illuminate the midship flooring. The SeaDek lined platform provides a cool cushion even on the warmest of days.
Refer to our separate video on adjusting your chair.
We are going to begin reviewing the dash starting on the left side with the various buttons that control lighting functions and the horn on your Vertex Series Veranda. Understanding what each does will allow for proper, safe use of the vessel.
From top to bottom:
- DOCKING LIGHTS turns on the LED headlights located on bow panels and should only be used when docking, not while operating.
- COURTESY LIGHTS turn on their white LED on the top of the console.
- ANCHOR LIGHTS turn on the white navigational bimini light.
- NAVIGATIONAL LIGHTS turn on the green and red navigational lights on the bow.
- The red HORN button will sound the horn, located under the bow deck.
The Vertex Series comes standard with an Infinity Bluetooth Stereo. Some of you have upgraded to the JL High Output Audio Stereo Package. Please refer to the separate videos on how to use each.
The 3-spoke designer steering wheel extends out towards the captain and can be adjusted by lifting the level underneath the steering wheel column. All Vertex Series is equipped with UFlex Hydraulic Tilt Steering, however, you may have upgraded to Power Assist Hydraulic Steering. If that is the case, please refer to the separate video for instructions on using it.
Note the small, black plastic cap with a chrome ring around it further up on the dashboard beside the windshield. This is the hydraulic steering fluid reservoir, should you need to replenish its supply that is used in conjunction with the UFlex Hydraulic Tilt Steering. If you opted for the Power Assist Hydraulic Steering, your fluid reservoir and pump will be located in the aft section of your boat, underneath one of the seat cushions.
Refer to our separate video on how to use your Simrad GO7 chart plotter, located in the center of the dash.
Refer to our separate video on how to use the in-dash RGB lighting controller, which is located to the right of the steering wheel column.
Below the lighting controller on the dash is a series of important toggle switches. Starting on the left you will see:
- Master Power 1, which turns on the boat’s main electrical system.
- Master Power 2 will turn on the accessories on your Vertex.
- Bilge turns on the power to the auto-bilge pump, located inside the center toon in-floor storage compartment.
Master Power 1 powers the boat’s main electrical system.
Master Power 2 powers all the other accessories.
Lower down on that same panel on the dash is 12V and Aux USB port with a rubber cap over each. These can be used to power an electric air pump, connect to the audio system, or as a power source to charge your devices.
Note the small, black plastic cap beside the windshield on the top of the console. This is the hydraulic steering fluid reservoir, should you need to replenish its supply.
Power Bimini Up and Down toggle controls the powered bimini. Refer to our separate video on how to use your powered bimini for instructions on how to operate this on your Vertex Series.
The Yamaha ignition key switch and throttle are located on the starboard side of the helm. Please refer to the separate video on how to operate each.
The small push button located along the vertical part of the console next to your right knee is the drink cooler button. Press it once and it will turn on the refrigerated cup holder located on the right side of the console between the throttle and dash.
The fuse box on all Vertex Series is located underneath the console.
Finally, all Vertex Series include a tilt-out trash receptacle located at midship on the back of the chaise lounge on the port side. You can open it up by pulling on the round chrome handle.
You now have a thorough understanding of the various components that make up the helm and what each does. We value your time and investment in a Veranda Luxury Pontoon. See you on the water!