Winter Storage

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.


Frequently Asked Questions about Winter Storage

No, however we do recommend fully retracting the shade and protecting the unit with tarps or marine shrink wrap during the winter.

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.

Retract the shade, wrap the roller and canvas with either a tarp, shrink wrap material, or the like and then tape it up real good.

This is really about shrink-wrapping the whole boat. As long as the boat is properly shrink-wrapped so that snow can slide off and doesn’t accumulate, there will be no issue.

Download the full Winter Storage Guide (PDF file – will open in new window)

Transporting Your Boat During the Winter?

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 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.

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage Cuddy
Antonio P.
Boston Whaler 320 Outrage Cuddy / MTF Manual Shade

The Design is Very Simple to Operate and Maintain

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
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.

Grady White 28 Marlin
Neil B.
Grady White 28 Marlin / MTF Manual Shade

Enhances the Value of My Boat

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.

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.

MTF shade
John H.
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.

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.

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