Boating is about getting out on the water and enjoying the sun, right? Well, not always. Sometimes you need a break from sweltering rays. That’s why boats have Bimini tops, T-tops and hardtops. Yet aboard many boats, the aft cockpit — the area where much of the socializing takes place — remains exposed to the sun.
A cool solution: SureShade, a canvas that telescopes aft over the cockpit to provide extra shade. SureShade quickly retracts and tucks out of the way. Motorized SureShade canvas extensions are offered as options on the hardtops of many new boats.
Now SureShade offers the RTX, a manual version that you can custom-order and add to an existing hardtop, T-top or even a wakeboard tower to create extra shade. Here’s how to specify and install an RTX, using the solid-fiberglass factory hardtop on a Scout 275 Dorado as an example.
Skill Level: 3/5
Time to Complete: 3 Hours
Tools and Supplies
*SureShade RTX (Starting at $1,700, sureshade.com)
*Drill motor and 3/8-inch bit
*Allen wrenches (1/8 and 3/16 inches)