The video for Aluminum Verses Wood is coming soon. In the meantime, please see the script below.

Since the beginning, Veranda Luxury Pontoons has passionately believed that the best way to manufacture pontoon decking is with aluminum, not plywood. With welds and not rivets or screws. Our goal is to offer you a lifetime of enjoyment that allows you to make memories every time you head out on the water. 

At the time of purchase, all of our competitor’s plywood decks are void of moisture, rot, or mold. However, over time, exposure to the sun’s UV rays, weather, and moisture deteriorate this substrate and it absorbs countless gallons of water, begins the rotting process, separates, and begins to mold. Another disadvantage is that the plywood surface offers a weak mounting surface. More bolts through the plywood decking create more access for moisture. Protruding cross members between the decking and logs increase drag. Finally, exposed, or open, M-brackets, which connect the top of the pontoon logs to the cross members allow water to enter, create drag and hinder performance. The rotting deck decreases stability over time and increases the probability of mold, noise, and unnecessary stress. This cycle of deterioration forces the owner to either invest more money into the same pontoon to re-deck it or sell it and purchase a newer vessel.  

Compared to our competitor’s “predetermined obsolescence” use of wood, Veranda’s no-wood “Lifetime of Enjoyment” construction featuring our Patented All-Aluminum All-Welded Interlocking Deck System clearly illustrates that Veranda Luxury Pontoons is the best choice!

If you squat down while standing at the bow, or front, and take a look under your Veranda, you’ll notice the underside of our patented all-aluminum, all-welded interlocking deck system, visible between each of the logs. This smooth surface that we call the patented integrated wave shield, reduces water drag and eliminates all surging which can result from exposed cross members, providing a smoother ride. Veranda’s decks are engineered and constructed with extruded all-aluminum 2×6 planks, which interlock together to form a tightly held solid block of aluminum substrate. The trim around the edge of our patented All-Aluminum All-Welded Interlocking Deck System prevents you from seeing this on your pontoon, but as you can see from this video, it’s a masterpiece! Another benefit of the extruded all-aluminum 2×6 planks is that they allow for the movement of air, which works to cool our interlocking deck system. In fact, we compared deck temperatures between one of our Veranda Luxury Pontoons and a competitor’s deck with similar colored vinyl flooring. The results may startle you…temperatures on our deck were over 15° cooler than our competitor’s decks. Which would you rather walk barefoot across? 

Moving down from the decking, you’ll notice that each pontoon log has full-length, enclosed M-brackets welded onto them that join the decking to the pontoon logs. Sometimes referred to as saddle brackets, these provide a stable foundation for the deck to rest upon and are capped and welded over to provide superior support and strength, eliminating stress caused by today’s large outboard motors. 

The pontoon logs and nose cones themselves are fabricated at the plant from single 7’ or 9’ aluminum sheets that are 0.100 or 0.125 gauge thick and come in 25” and 27” diameter logs. 

Baffles, the round caps that fit inside the logs, are tack welded in place and used to connect each section into one single 20, 22, or 25’ log.

The VLP performance motor pods, which include the fuel tank and attach the motor to the pontoon boat, are welded to the back of the middle log. Each log is pressure tested to ensure proper buoyancy.

Keels are welded onto the logs, starting on the bottom of the nose cone, and run the entire length of each pontoon. Optional side keels are attached to the outside and inside of each log midway up to provide additional performance and stability. If you look further down the log under the deck, you will see lifting strakes, which are located along the inside bottom edge of the logs and provide lift for the pontoon. 

For additional information please reach out to your nearest authorized Veranda dealer or visit www.verandamarine.com.

Before we can begin to point out the key features of your Veranda Luxury Pontoon, we feel it’s best to first cover some of the basic nautical terms, so you can understand the jargon we use throughout these videos. These terms are also helpful to know when talking to other boaters. Like any pastime, pontoon boating has a distinct culture and special language. While the jargon and insider language of other hobbies and purists may be quirky curiosities, nautical language has a specific purpose and is vital for clear, accurate communication on the open water. The sheer number may be overwhelming for the novice, but picking up a few important nautical terms is a necessary component of proper pontoon boat operation. The following are some of the most common and important terms that every pontoon boat owner should know: 

Aft: The back section of your pontoon boat, toward the direction of the stern. 

Bilge: The lowest area of a boat where excess water gathers and is subsequently pumped out with proper equipment. 

Bow: The front-most area of your pontoon boat. 

Burdened: A burdened vessel is a vessel that must yield to another craft. 

BWI: Acronym for Boating While Intoxicated. BWIs are the number one cause of boating fatalities in the United States and result in the same penalties on the water as land in most states.

Deck: The floor of your pontoon boat. 

Forward: The front section of your pontoon boat, toward the direction of the bow.

Head-On: An event where two vessels approach each other head-on. Neither vessel has the right of way and both should usually pass each other on their port sides. 

Helm: The directional control station on your pontoon boat is akin to an automobile’s steering wheel. 

Logs: Cylindrical pontoons that provide buoyancy for pontoon boats. 

Navigation Lights: All pontoon boats must display lights during nighttime travel to show the size, type, and direction of the pontoon boat. 

Making Way: A vessel that is both underways and propelled by an engine or sails. 

Mayday: A term used over marine radio frequencies to denote a boat with an extreme emergency, such as a fire or sinking. 

Midship: The middle of your pontoon boat. 

Not Making Way: A vessel that is adrift, not anchored, and moving due to currents or the wind. 

Outboard: A configuration where both the engine and drive are on the exterior of the boat. 

Overtaking: An event where one faster boat approaches from a slower boat’s rear. In this situation, the slower craft has the right-of-way. 

PFD: Stands for Personal Flotation Device. Law requires that every pontoon boat have at least one PFD per passenger. 

Pontoon Boat: A multi-hull vessel that uses hollow cylinders for buoyancy. 

Port: The left-hand side of your pontoon boat. 

Prop: The pontoon boat’s propeller that provides forward motion. 

Restricted Visibility: Rain, snow, or other weather condition that reduces visibility. 

Right-of-Way: When encountering another craft, your pontoon boat with right-of-way can continue with its course and speed. 

Safe Speed: The maximum speed that a pontoon boat can undertake to ensure no collisions with other vessels. 

Stability: A pontoon boat’s potential to handle weight shifts from side to side. 

Starboard: The right-hand side of your pontoon boat. 

Stern: The rearmost area of your pontoon boat. 

Throttle: A hand lever(s) that controls speed and forward or reverse motion. 

Underway: A boat in motion, either by deliberate direction or by drifting on a current. 

Vessel: Every sort of vehicle, including pontoon boats, whose main mode of transportation involves water. 

Visual Distress Signals: Non-electronic signals, such as flags or flares, to draw attention to a vessel. 

Wake: The waves that are a result of forward motion of your pontoon boat. 

Whistle Signals: Audible signals, made by air or electric horn blasts, to communicate between vessels. All power-driven vessels, such as pontoon boats, are required to use these signals. 

Water Stage: The water level and depth of rivers. This varies based on location and season. Also known as a river’s “gage.”

For additional information please reach out to your nearest authorized Veranda dealer or visit www.verandamarine.com.

Hey everyone, Tommy Sanders from the Bassmaster’s, and I want to welcome you to the Veranda Luxury Pontoons family to our online owner’s manual.

Congratulations and thank you for your wise decision to invest in a Veranda as you are now part of this great fraternity of lake-life enthusiasts, who love being on and around the water with friends and family.

The Veranda Luxury Pontoons owner’s manual is a comprehensive, video-based resource covering every aspect of your new Veranda and boating. This fluid compilation of content will assist in defining each and every element that is germane to your new Veranda, to ensure safe and pleasurable boating. Come join us as we begin our journey to a lifetime of enjoyment, on the water, on your new Veranda.

For additional information please reach out to your nearest authorized Veranda dealer or visit www.verandamarine.com.