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SureShade gains patent for canopy system

SureShade said it received a new “notice of allowance” from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “manually operated boat canopy system” that is marketed in the recreational boating industry as the SureShade MTF retractable boat shade.

"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," SureShade product inventor and operations leader Ron Russikoff said in a statement. "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.”

SureShade said its latest patent approval for the SureShade MTF (manual tele-frame) 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 that 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 accessory upgrade for boat owners.

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