SureShade is committed to improving sun safety on boats by offering shade systems that give boaters more sun protection… where and when they need it
Since the invention of our marine retractable sunshade system, SureShade has been a vocal advocate for the importance of sun safety and its contribution to safer recreational boating.
With the average boater spending 5.7 hours on the water per outing, as reported in a 2012 U.S. Coast Guard survey report, ensuring sun safety is vital to the health of boaters.
By providing boat manufacturers and private boat owners with the ability to add shade where once not possible, combined with the use of UPF 50+ Sunbrella fabrics, the SureShade sunshade system can significantly improve sun protection in an open cockpit, bridge or forward bow of a boat.
The growing demand for our shades is a testament to the changing views of sun safety in boating as the industry and boaters recognize how improved sun protection is critical to their safety and enjoyment on the water.
Sun Safety – the Sensible Way to Boat
Baseball Hall of Famer, boater and sun safety advocate Mike Schmidt shares his love of boating, his story about surviving skin cancer and how he feels about the importance of sun protection on boats.
SureShade Sun Safety
At SureShade, we are obviously big advocates of seeking shade for sun protection without interfering with enjoyment on the water.
Our retractable sunshade system is uniquely designed to help boaters be more sun safe:
Self-supported framework offers more shade coverage options on boats where shade was once not possible (like an open cockpit area of a boat where you spend a lot of time)
Natural extensions of a boat’s design that extends shade seamlessly from a hardtop, arch or bridge of a boat
Quality, marine-grade canvas material using Sunbrella fabrics with a 50+ UPF rating
Why Shade is Important on a Boat
With fishing, cruising, anchoring, lounging, entertaining…the time you spend on your boat adds up quickly. And it only takes 20 minutes of sun exposure to get sunburn if not properly protected. To make matters worse, prime boating times typically correspond with peak UV exposure times (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). UV rays can reflect from the water and fiberglass boats and damage your skin – even on cloudy days!
More shade is a very important step in sun protection. In fact, making sure you have proper sunshade protection is as important to boat safety as making sure there are enough PFDs on board. Without shade, you are left completely exposed to potential sun damage.
As strong advocates of sun safety in boating, SureShade is the presenting sponsor of a collaborative industry campaign to improve public awareness for sun safety in boating and reinforce the message that improved sun protection is critical to safety and enjoyment on the water.
Our sunshade systems utilize Sunbrella fabrics with a 50+ UPF rating – a product that has earned the Seal of Recommendation from The Skin Cancer Foundation. Better shade coverage, combined with the use of 50+ UPF facbrics significantly cuts down on the amount of UV exposure you receive on a boat.
Member of National Safe Boating Council
SureShade is proud to be a member of the National Safe Boating Council and the first company to join with a dedication to raising awareness of sun safety. In support of the membership, SureShade and National Safe Boating Council will seek out opportunities to jointly promote sun safety as part of a broader message of boat safety.
Get the Facts about Sun Safe Boating & Get Involved
Ongoing industry initiative to raise awareness for improved sun protection on the water PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – June 7, 2016 - SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of patented retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry,
Former Philadelphia Phillies Third Baseman and Skin Cancer Survivor to Promote “Sunscreen, Sunwear and SureShade… the Sensible Way to Boat” SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of patented retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry,
Infographic Educates Boaters on Sun Safety Facts with Boating Specific Statistics for Improved Sun Protection on the Water PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – July 14, 2014 - SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems
Importance of sun safety on a boat and how recreational boaters can stay focused on being sun aware and sun safe on the water With fishing, cruising, tubing, anchoring, lounging, entertaining… the time you spend
Membership Establishes New Category with NSBC Devoted to Sun Safety for Recreational Boaters PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – May 19, 2014 - SureShade, the designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, announces that