Patent MTF manual shade

New U.S. Patent Approval Adds to Already Secured U.S. Technology Patents and International Patent Approvals for Boat Shade Systems

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – September 25, 2014 – SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, announces a new “Notice of Allowance” from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its “Manually-operated boat canopy system” that is currently marketed in the recreational boating industry as the SureShade MTF (manual tele-frame) retractable boat shade.

SureShade’s latest patent approval for the SureShade MTF allows the company to be the only retractable boat shade manufacturer in the marine industry to utilize a spring-loaded arm mechanism of any configuration to drive the shade framework to extend canvas over the cockpit or bow of a boat. The deployment and retraction of the spring-loaded shade framework is controlled by a gearbox assembly which also simultaneously tensions the canvas roller.

Operating with a simple hand-lever to extend or retract canvas on a boat, the SureShade MTF manual shade design was first introduced commercially in 2010 as a lighter weight, lower-cost alternative to the SureShade ATF automated shade system. The manual shade has since gained market acceptance as a factory installed marine product – as offered by Boston Whaler’s 285 and 315 Conquest models – and continues to generate significant aftermarket demand as a popular boat accessory upgrade for boat owners.

“The SureShade MTF was developed in response to customer requests for a cost-effective manual version of our flagship automated tele-frame product that could utilize the same self-supported telescoping framework for shade choice and convenience,” said Ron Russikoff, product inventor and operations leader at SureShade. “Built with a lightweight anodized aluminum framework, the manual shade is designed to be easy to use and install for boats under 35 feet and is unlike any other boat shade product available.”

The patent approval of the SureShade MTF sunshade system continues to reinforce SureShade’s position in the industry as the innovative leader in retractable boat shade products. The new patent approval adds to U.S. and International patents or patent approvals secured for every major component of their shade systems, including: telescoping framework, cambered roller, canvas control and mid-cross bar support.

For more information, check out the SureShade MTF manual shade system.