Electrically Powered Telescoping Shade at the Touch of a Button

Now with Silent Glide Operation!

Our flagship product, SureShade ATF™ Automated Boat Shade is a patented, electric power-driven retractable boat shade system that automatically extends or retracts canvas at the touch of a button.

Featured by top boat builders worldwide, SureShade ATF is the ultimate in shade convenience and comfort.

With surface-mount or fully-integrated install options, SureShade ATF is the ideal shade solution for boats over 30 feet.


Retail Price (MSRP): Starts at $6,000 USD plus shipping & installation

Key Features

How to Buy

Private Boat Owners

SureShade ATF is a factory or dealer installed product. We will work directly with your boat dealer / service tech in order to recommend the best sunshade system for your boat.

I’M READY TO GET SHADY

Boat Builders / Dealers

Builders: Add a factory-installed automated shade option or feature to your boat line as part of a new boat design or retrofit.
Dealers:  Offer our shade to clients as an aftermarket installation.

WE HAVE A SHADY PROJECT

How it Works

SureShade ATF is a fully automated, electric powered shade solution for boats over 30 feet lacking adequate shade coverage in the cockpit area.

The self-supported framework provides shade without the use of inhibiting support poles in the back of the boat to interfere with boating activities such as fishing, boarding and docking. Versatile mounting options include surface-mount or fully integrated installations, along with arched roller designs that seamlessly extend shade as a natural extension of a boat.

The SureShade ATF automated tele-frame shade utilizes a patented telescoping tubular framework to automatically extend or retract canvas at the touch of a button. The shade is electrically wired to a switch (typically at the helm) that initiates extension or retraction.

Designed specifically for the marine environment, this electric power-driven shade system can be installed on any boat or yacht with sufficient overhead structure (such as a hardtop, arch or bridge).

All of our ATF shades now feature our “Silent Glide” technology to operate with virtually no sound! 

Boats featuring our legacy ATF shade may also upgrade to our latest silent glide technology with the purchase of an upgrade kit.

Electrical or Digital Control Options

ATF shade digital controls

SureShade recommends the use of a momentary rocker switch on all ATF automated shades, but if so desired they can be controlled with switches or digital controls, or even via an OEM developed app or remote.

SureShade ATF-SG “Silent Glide” Shades can be programmed to fully extend or retract with one button push or by holding a control until the shade reaches the desired extension length.

SureShade ATF Automated Shade

Retail Price (MSRP): 

ATF: Starts at $6,000 (USD) plus shipping & installation*

Final price based on width needed for your boat.

Price Includes:

  • SureShade ATF stainless steel, telescoping framework
  • Actuators for operation with all wiring components
  • Specialized mounting brackets
  • Sunbrella canvas in your color choice
  • Three year warranty

*Installation charges are applied by your installer.

Key Technical Features

  • Electric power-driven retractable shade
  • Self-supported stainless steel framework
  • Various spring tension roller types (straight / patented cambered) allow for hands-free roll-up
  • Independently tested and can withstand winds of 50+ mph (80kph), can hold 300lbs (136kg) across the stainless steel framework of the top
  • Ideal for boats over 30 feet in length (9 m) with an overhead structure
  • Two-stage telescopic framework design with maximum shade extension of 7 feet (2.13 m)

Additional Specifications

Shade Extension Length: 5 feet (1524 mm) to 7 feet (2134 mm)
Actual Canvas Length: 76 in (1930 mm) to 106 in (2692 mm)
Stationary Tube Length: 51 in (1296 mm) to 63 in (1601 mm)
Overall Length: 59 in (1499 mm) to 71 in (1803 mm)
Max Centerline Width: 144 in (3658 mm)
Material: Stainless Steel (316SS)
Camber?: Yes
Controller Dimensions: 5x7x1.5 in (127x178x38 mm)
Controller Voltage: 12 v or 24 v
Controller Amperage: 6-7 amps
Approximate Weight: 90 lbs (41 kg)
Installation Time: 6-10 hours (2 techs)

Sunbrella MarineOur sunshade systems feature marine-grade Sunbrella® canvas for optimal durability in a marine environment.

Sunbrella canvas resists mildew and fading and carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for sun protection.

To view available canvas colors, visit the Sunbrella Marine Fabric showroom (solid colors only) for a full selection of marine canvas colors to choose from for your SureShade sunshade system.

How to Measure for SureShade ATF

Our comprehensive measuring documents will guide you through the process for determining proper placement and custom sizing for your SureShade system based on your boat application.

View Measuring Guides

SureShade Product Warranty

SureShade provides the following Limited Warranty of its electric and manual sunshade systems.

SureShade warrants that the shade framework – which consists of the actuator drive assemblies, crossbars, roller assembly, mounts and in the case of an electric shade, the motors, controller and wire that connects the actuators to the controller – will be free from material defects and workmanship and will repair or replace, at its sole discretion, any inoperable components that are reported within 3 years from the date of shade sale to original purchaser – boat builder, dealer or private boat owner.

SureShade will also replace, at its sole discretion, the canvas component of the shade system (electric or manual) when reported defective within one year from the date of canvas manufacture as indicated on the white manufacturer tag attached to the canvas (tag must remain attached for warranty purposes).

Read our full warranty statement

SureShade ATF: Frequently Asked Questions

Our ATF automated sunshade system is ideal for boats over 30 feet with an overhead structure – such as a hardtop, arch or bridge. Our engineering and design team works with boat manufacturers and dealers on placement designs that complement the overall aesthetics of a boat.
SureShade ATF can be mounted any number of ways to a hardtop, bridge or radar arch. ATF can be surface-mounted (topside or underside) or fully integrated within a boat’s fiberglass. SureShade will work with OEMs, dealers or private boat owners on the best placement of the shade based on the boat design. Clients have the final say as to how they want our shade to be mounted to their boat.
The design, structure and durability of the two sunshade systems are the same – all of our shade systems use our patented telescoping design. The only difference is how the shade is operated to extend or retract. The ATF automated shade system is powered by a motor and is wired to the boat’s battery. The MTF manual system is operated by a manual hand lever, and the RTX Pull-out Shade is operated with a pull-out/push-in mechanism.

Starting with our 2019 models all ATF automated boat shade systems now include our “Silent Glide” technology operating with virtually no sound! For boats equipped with our legacy ATF shade models, the SureShade ATF system can be retrofitted to operate with our latest silent glide technology with the purchase of an upgrade kit.

The framework of SureShade ATF automated system is made of stainless steel (316SS), and the framework extends and retracts via telescoping actuators. Engineered to be fully self-supported, the framework of all of our shade systems requires no support poles when fully extended allowing for unobstructed views and accessibility on a boat.
Yes, our designs are so robust that they can be used fully extended while a boat is underway. SureShade shades have been independently tested and can withstand wind speeds of 50+ mph, and can hold 300 lbs across the framework. However, we do not recommend extending or retracting operation of the shade top while underway or cruising with a forward (bow) mounted shade extended.
Additional installation charges will apply for our ATF automated shade system which requires assistance from a dealer or marine service technician. Contact SureShade or a dealer for pricing on a particular boat model and/or type of installation.
The SureShade ATF automated systems are typically dealer or factory-installed and you can order SureShade directly through your dealer. SureShade will coordinate directly with local boat dealers for selection of shade top and type of installation. Boaters may purchase SureShade DIY products (MTF manual shade and RTX pull-out shade) directly from us, through a dealer or as a factory installed option/feature.
Our sunshade systems feature marine-grade Sunbrella® canvas for optimal durability in a marine environment. Sunbrella canvas resists mildew and fading and carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for sun protection.

To view available canvas colors, visit the Sunbrella Marine Fabric showroom (solid colors only) for a full selection of marine canvas colors to choose from for your SureShade sunshade system.

Using our patented telescoping sunshade system, SureShade ATF electrically extends or retracts shade at the touch of a button

SureShade ATF: Patents Utilized

Sabre 42 Salon
Phil S.
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!

38 Salon Express
Scott B.
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.

Sabre 38
Roger P.

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.

azimut 40 verve
Federico Ferrante

This is an Entertaining Paradise

Ferrante touts the boat’s many American-made components, such as the SureShade retractable shade over the massive aft entertainment area of the Azimut 40 Verve

Cruisers 45 Cantius
Jon Viestenz
Director of Marketing / Cruisers Yachts

No Canvas to Fret Over

The automated shade system allows us to maintain a flagship feature of the Cantius line – no canvas to fret over.

boston whaler 370 outrage
Stu T.
Boston Whaler 370 Outrage / ATF Automated Boat Shade

Absolutely Necessary!

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.

Zagato Elite Edition
Letitia Lane

We Love Your Product!

As boat builders of custom boats for 18 plus years many of our clients have asked us for shade systems over cockpit areas. The SureShade system is a perfect solution for us. Once again we love your product!

Tiara 2900 Open
Denny T.
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 48
Tim H.

I’ve Been a SureShade Owner for 3 Yachts Over 10 Years

All three of my Sabre Yachts - 2006 38', 2012-42' and 2013 48' - have been equipped with SureShade. All were aftermarket installs with the 38' installed by myself and the other two installed by DiMillos. Over the 10 years I have been a SureShade owner I watched you grow to an amazing company. Your team and customer service is outstanding - keep up the great work, product and philosophy!

Rob G.

I Couldn’t Imagine Not Having a SureShade!!

I would like to say that the SureShade on our Sabre 45 is completely awesome! After spending the summer with it I could not imagine not having one!!

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How to Buy

Private Boat Owners

SureShade ATF is a factory or dealer installed product. We will work directly with your boat dealer / service tech in order to recommend the best sunshade system for your boat.

I’M READY TO GET SHADY

Boat Builders / Dealers

Builders: Add a factory-installed automated shade option or feature to your boat line as part of a new boat design or retrofit.
Dealers:  Offer our shade to clients as an aftermarket installation.

WE HAVE A SHADY PROJECT

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