Spring Prep and Readying

Get Your SureShade Ready for the Spring Boating Season

If your boat was covered and winterized for the winter season, you’ll want to be sure that your SureShade sunshade system is ready to go when you are ready to hit the water again in the spring.

The quality marine-grade construction and materials used for our sunshade systems ensure that springtime prep and maintenance is minimal for boat owners.

With proper winter preparation, getting your SureShade system ready for the upcoming boating season is almost as simple as operating the retractable sunshade itself!

Spring Readying for Automated Sunshade System

Since the SureShade automated sunshades (ATF or M3) are electrically powered systems you will need to be sure that the boat batteries are fully powered after winter storage before operating the shade for the first time in the spring. You should also check that all power connections are good and that no corrosion occurred during winter storage.

As with any marine canvas, you should do a thorough check of the canvas on your SureShade system to be sure there are no deteriorating portions of the canvas (canvas rips, broken threads, etc.) that may have occurred from previous use or winter storage.

Spring Readying for Manual Sunshade System

The SureShade manual sunshade systems (MTF and RTX) operates completely manually and therefore do not require charging of batteries prior to use in the spring.

Boaters should be sure to inspect the canvas at full extension to make sure there are no deteriorating portions of the canvas (canvas rips, broken threads, etc). The actuators for the manual sunshade system are spring-loaded and controlled extension of the shade is dependent on the canvas, roller and gearbox. Therefore, it’s important to be sure that the canvas is in good condition to maintain proper movement of the framework.

Download the full Spring Prep and Readying Guide (PDF file – will open in new window)

Canvas Care and Cleaning

For canvas care and cleaning guidance in the spring, see our Canvas Care & Cleaning.

Transporting your Boat for the Spring?

If you are using ground transportation to relocate your boat to a new boating destination, please see special precautions outlined in our Ground Transportation Guide.


More Customer Resources

Reference the below customer care and maintenance guides to ensure the longevity of your SureShade sunshade system.


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210 outrage rtx
Andy S.
Boston Whaler 210 Outrage / RTX Pull-Out Shade

You Can’t Own a Boat Without Having a SureShade!

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.

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