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Have a question for fiberglass boat owners. I'm on my 3rd boat and this boat is the 1st that I bought new. I won't mention brand because that isn't the issue but it is an 181/2 footer and is a 2003.

Here's my question,how many small chips do you all end up with? I'm talkin like on the sides and not from abuse. I guess I figure most of what I'm seein is from rocks while trailoring but man it sure seems like a lot.

I guess I'm just a little disappointed because it seems like more than either boat I had in the past. I'm real picky and take obsessive care of my stuff and I realize that maybe I expect too much but I'm real curious what kind of luck others have had. Thanks

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When I use to tow Dorie boats across the West I would put on a deflector shield/bra on the front of the dory to prevent gravel, especially from dirt roads from spraying up and ruining my boats gel coat.

I haven't seen them for bass boats for some reason?  All I have seen is the full coverage mud flaps.  

Sounds to me you pulled the boat on a gravel road?  or a surface with a lot of lose debris.  

Happy Releasing!

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I have no chips in my gelcoat or any stess cracks anywhere in my boat. I would let your manufacturer look at it, It may be a gelcoat problem and they should warranty it. I know gambler will warranty their gel coat for 5 years against fading and lifetime against hull or transom cracking.

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I agree with Gambler.  The gel coat should not chip that easily unless perhaps if you drive 60 down the dirt/gravel roads.

 Was this a fairly inexpensive 18.5' boat?  Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is one of the reasons they dont charge the same for every boat.  Different companies use different steps, materials and finishes. EX:  I know I can get a 20' bayliner for less than 1/2 the price of a 20' boston whaler.  The whaler will be here in 10 yrs with proper care but the bayliner , even with proper care,is very likely to fall apart.

 I would go to the dealer and see if there are any other 2 yr old boats there and see if they are sustaining the same type of damage.  Good luck

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