SureShade, a designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, received final acceptance of a U.S. patent for its arched roller canvas design, or "arched canopy assembly," on a boat, the company said.
"Our goal in developing the arched roller for our retractable sunshades was to mimic the style of a traditional bimini top while adapting to the curves of any style boat," said Ron Russikoff, product inventor and operations leader at SureShade, in a statement.
"As a longtime pleasure boater, the design of the arched roller was originally inspired by a need we saw to seamlessly blend a sunshade with boat curves often found on pleasure cruiser designs," he added. "However, more and more sportfishing boats are also adopting the design as a natural fit for the curves of sportfishing hardtops."
MasterCraft was one of the first brands to showcase the new arched roller sunshade - at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the 2011 Miami International Boat Show - as an option on its MasterCraft 300 pleasure cruiser.
In addition to the MasterCraft 300 hardtop application, the arched roller sunshade is featured on a number of sportfishing boat brands in a topside surface-mount application, including Edgewater, World Cat, Grady-White and Pursuit.