Porta-sunShade® Assembly/Installation Instructions

Please Note: this product is discontinued

Porta-Sunshade - Porta-Bote Sun ShadePorta-Sunshade - Porta-Bote Sun Shade

When you’re at rest
and the temperature begins to rise…

just open for instant relief against both the heat and the UV rays of the sun.

Here are the initial installation instructions:


One Canopy.
Three Aluminum “U” Tubes.
Two Long Aluminum “Main Support Tubes”, Each With Attached Short Tube And Attached Long Tube.
Eight 5/8″ Screws.
Two Snap Hook Anchors.
Two Adjustable Webbing Straps, Each with Snap Hook.
Two Mounting Hinge Brackets, Each With A Post Screw.

TOOLS: Phillips Head Screwdriver. Tape Measure. Drill With 3/32″ Bit. Marking Pencil Or Scribe

1- Spread the canopy on the ground so you can see the “end sleeve” at each end and the “webbing loops” facing up. Insert one aluminum “U” shaped tube thru each “end sleeve” of the canopy and one “U” shaped aluminum tube thru the webbing loops. All 3 “U” shaped tubes are identical.

Porta-Sunshade - assembly instructions

2- Slip the looped end of one adjustable webbing strap onto one of the two aluminum main support tubes. Now slip the looped end of one adjustable webbing strap to the other aluminum main support tube on the other side as shown. Then, Insert the swedged (thinner end) of each aluminum main support tube into each end of the aluminum “U” tubes as shown.

Porta-SunShade - adjustable webbing strap

Porta-SunShade - fully assembled

3A- Mounting hinge bracket installation: With your Porta-Bote already assembled, place the assembled canopy at the desired location on the boat. Notice where the aluminum support tube will attach to the mounting hinge bracket. Mark this spot on top of the tubing rub rail. Place one mounting hinge bracket on the marked spot of the tubing rail not less than 3“ (7.62 cm) from the center of the oarlock socket either toward the front or rear of the boat. On the 12′ model, only, you should place it 3″ (7.62 cm) toward the rear.

IMPORTANT NOTE: So that the mounting hinge bracket does not press against the bottom of the boat when folded, place each bracket (and snap hook anchor, explained in paragraph 4) so that it is slightly closer to the outside of the hull rather than “dead center”


Drill 3/32″ holes thru the mounting hinge bracket into the tubing rub rail. Attach this bracket using two 5/8″ screws. Repeat this step on the other side of the boat. Apply “Locktite”, GOOP, or Silicon type Adhesive (which may be purchased at Walmart, Home Depot or most hardware stores) to each screw where it enters the tubing rail. These products helps bond the screw to the tubing rail. They also work well when applied to the swedged end of the tubes when inserting them into the “U” frames

3B- Remove the post screw from each mounting hinge bracket. Insert one of the two aluminum main support tubes (with the hole at the bottom) into the mounting hinge bracket. Replace and tighten the post screw. Repeat this procedure on the other side.

Porta-SunShade - mounting hinge bracket

4- Adjustable webbing strap installation: Adjust your Porta-Shade so it is level. Mark the place where the front adjustable webbing strap will attach to the boat by placing the hooked end of the strap on the tubing rail as far from the aluminum main support tube as possible. Now place a snap hook anchor at that mark on the tubing rail. Drill two 3/32″ holes thru the snap hook anchor into the tubing rail. Attach the snap hook anchor using two 5/8″ screws. Repeat this step on the rear side of boat. Now, unhook the front adjustable webbing strap and tighten the snap hook anchor. Repeat this procedure on the rear adjustable webbing strap.

Porta-SunShade - rear adjustable webbing strap

Porta-SunShade - rear adjustable webbing strap

This is what the completed installation looks like. 

Porta-Bote SunShade - Installed

Porta-Bote SunShade - Installed (side view)