Protect Your SureShade Sunshade System During Winter Storage
SureShade sunshade systems are built with quality marine grade construction and materials, however – just like other parts of your boat -our canvas systems need to be protected from snow and other harsh winter weather conditions to protect the canvas and mechanical components.
SureShade recommends customers take proper precautions to avoid damage during winter storage (or ground transportation for winter storage), which includes fully retracting and securing the SureShade sunshade system and properly tarping or shrink-wrapping your boat.
In general the electronics are kept in a protected area, so standard winterization efforts will be sufficient. No special protection is needed for any exposed wires as long as boat is properly shrink-wrapped.
No. We do not recommend removing canvas from the roller because there is the possibility of it being replaced incorrectly which would then damage the roller. The roller can stay on the framework as long as it’s properly protected with tarps or shrink-wrap.
Many boaters transport their boats to a storage location or a warmer climate during the winter months. To ensure that the SureShade system is properly transported and avoid potential damage, see our Ground Transportation Guide.
More Customer Resources
Reference the below customer care guides to ensure the longevity of your SureShade sunshade system.
SureShade customers love their sunshade systems as much as they love their boat! Share your story with us (with photos & details) and we’ll send you a SureShade t-shirt [customized with your boat name] as a thank-you.
SureShade is just perfect for my boat - very well finished and it looks like an original part of the boat. Our family is happy to have a SureShade on board all the time to make sure I always have a shade to enjoy the day. I am completely happy and satisfied with your product!
Sabre 42 Salon Express / ATF Automated Shade
If it Doesn't have a SureShade, it's Just Another Boat!
We are so happy with our SureShade shade system and how essential it has become for our boat. As far as we are concerned, if it doesn't have a SureShade, it's not a boat!
The summer sun is quite brutal in SW Florida and the shade is appreciated by all passengers. The SureShade provides extra sun protection over the entire cockpit of my boat. We were able to stay out longer on the boat and still keep everyone protected from the direct sun.
Getting the SureShade MTF manual boat shade was a necessary upgrade that was easily installed aftermarket. We love the SureShade because it does not use poles that go into our rod holders and take up room. It is super sturdy and looks great! We love the design and the [Sunbrella] fabric used.
Sabre 38 Salon Express / ATF Automated Shade
I Wouldn't Own a Boat Without a SureShade!
We choose SureShade for its design, ease of operation and great looks. With just a push of a button we can go from full sun in the cockpit to shade in a matter of seconds.
Boston Whaler 370 Outrage / ATF Automated Boat Shade
Absolutely necessary when grilling on our Boston Whaler 370 Outrage. One of the most important additions to our boat hands down. Would highly recommend an electronic SureShade to anyone who loves boating as much as we do.
Signature Haines / MTF Manual Shade
I strongly recommend SureShade - don't hesitate, just do it!
Our SureShade top turned out even better than expected! The shade now covers for full extent of the quarterdeck, with no side poles to get in the way of the fishing rods. It’s just a simple little exercise of winding the handle for the telescopic poles, and Hey Presto – instant shade.
I love the fact that there are no straps or supports that might interfere with other activities on board. Aside from being very functional, I think it looks well integrated and enhances the value of the boat.
Love SureShade. SureShade solves our family's sun problems by providing coverage for the entire boat with ease. Setup is easy and quick, and nothing obstructs the fishing poles. I can even leave it out while underway - hit 30 knots without retracting the shades. Thank you for making this product a reality and supporting DIYers with older boats.
Tiara 2900 Open / ATF Automated Boat Shade
Do You Want Sun or Shade?
The huge advantage of a SureShade top is that it has no metal framing or straps that can interfere with full access around the open area of our Tiara. Now I can ask my guests in the open area: do you want sun or shade, and let me know if you want to change it at any time.
Sabre 38 / ATF Automated Shade
A Wonderful Addition!
SureShade was a wonderful addition to my boat and over the 2600 miles from Palm Beach to Lake Michigan I was asked at least a dozen times by boaters along the way about the shade.