2024 vanderbilt 500s

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  • 2024
  • Pontoon
  • 25
  • Gas
  • 2302 W Genesee Rd, Baldwinsville, NY, 13027-9676
  • Aluminum

Vanderbilt brings a refreshing, straightforward approach to pontoon boats with just two models (single and twin engine). Everything is standard but color and outboard choices.

Powered by Suzuki’s DF300, the 500S went from zero to 30 mph in 6.6 seconds. Top speed was 46 mph. Our best fuel economy of 3.1 mpg came at 18 mph and 3,000 rpm, burning 5.9 gph.

240 mos. @ 7.99% apr.

+ Freight, Delivery, Prep and Tax


  • 9’0″


  • 3,850 lb.


  • 46 gal

Vanderbilt pontoons feature a standard Big Water package with triple 25-inch-diameter pontoons with lifting strakes, reinforced nose cones, a ­heavy-duty transom and engine pod, and a performance-shielding underdeck. Assisted hydraulic steering makes steering easy.

The 500S features stylish perimeter fencing with raised LED docking lights and built-in storage for dock lines, the anchor and fenders. Backlit mesh lights the sides, a cool touch. Twin facing lounges grace the bow and the stern. The futuristic helm with a framed safety-­glass windshield and digital dash provides control of all boat functions ­using CZone switching. A Fusion stereo with a remote pushes sound through six ­6 1/2-inch speakers, a 10-inch subwoofer and a 2,000-watt amplifier.

Multizone RGB lighting allows control of four different zones. The 500S features in-floor ski storage, an aft deck great for watersports prep, and a tow pylon. The Lillipad Revo easy-boarding ladder works for people and pets.

Vanderbilt’s seats feature wireless charging, and the Rotocast vinyl-­covered bases look great. Uniquely, the cushions open lengthwise to access ­storage ­below and are gas-shock-assisted for ­one-hand operation. Armrests fold on billet hinges with backing plates, a small touch that makes for a strong armrest. The in-floor storage is ­well-thought-out; there’s a sump in the bottom with a bilge pump, so items stored there won’t sit in ­standing water.

This well-designed boat has ingenious features and touches everywhere. For $162,000, Vanderbilt offers a well-built, feature-packed performer at a competitive price.

High Points

  • Most everything is standard.
  • State-of-the-art design delivers  competitive performance with 300 hp.
  • Premium interior features include billet-aluminum hardware, phone chargers, and wood-free construction.