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#11138622 - 10/01/15 07:32 AM Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent???
Big Kel Offline
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Registered: 03/21/10
Posts: 325
I used to see some posts about Gatorhyde on the forum, but nothing lately. Looking for reviews about boats with the bottom done, not the top cap. Looks like it would eventually blow off. Anybody out there that has had it a couple years or more that can give a review? Or is there something out there now that is better? How about cost? Let me know, thanks!

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#11142724 - 10/03/15 07:48 AM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
Big Kel Offline
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Sssoooo, I guess no one has an opinion about this stuff? I thought I saw a lot about it on the forum a couple years ago but nothing now? May tell me all I need to know. If anyone has experience with it and just does not want to put it on here publically, but PM me. Thanks!

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#11142818 - 10/03/15 09:14 AM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
kingdad101 Offline
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I know nothing about them,sorry...

here is a link on Gator Hull...might help some...

http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/6464560/all/Gator_Hull

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#11143463 - 10/03/15 04:53 PM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
Bob Landry Offline
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Loc: Austin, Tx
Gatorhyde is a spay on liner similar to Linex that from what i can decipher from their website is intended as a non-slip surface on floors and decks. I didn't see anything about using it on a hull, and I wouldn't want anything rough on the bottom of the boat that could create a rough surface and create drag and impede performance.
SeaArk offers it as an option and I got it on my new Seaark 1872 MV. The boat is coming up on one year in November, I'm in it 3-5 times a week and the material appears to be holding up well. The only thing I'm not pleased with is that Seaark spray painted over it to match the paint on the boat after it was put down instead of mixing the colorant in with the Gatorhyde and the paint is wearing off in some areas. If I were going to get it done at this stage, I would pick a color that was somewhat close to what I wanted and live with the factory coloring of the material. I don't know what it would cost to have it done after the fact. it was around a $700 option from Seaark. Other than the paint issues, I have no problem with the material at all.
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#11143645 - 10/03/15 07:32 PM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
Big Kel Offline
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So on your SeaArk the Gatorhyde is on the deck?

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#11144212 - 10/04/15 08:15 AM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
Bob Landry Offline
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Yes, it is sprayed on the entire deck and on the sides up to the gunwale. Seaark also sprays the entire surface of the gunwale, but i requested to have them only painted. I saw a couple of them with the gunwales coated when I went to the factory and didn't care for it.
Linex has also come out with a spray liner designed for the marine environment, but there are very few shops currently equipped to apply it and it's pretty pricey. I saw photos of a boat that was done in the new Linex and it was very nice.


Edited by Bob Landry (10/04/15 08:17 AM)
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#11145152 - 10/04/15 06:30 PM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
Big Kel Offline
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Thank you much kingsdad 101, I just happen to know one of the guys that posted on that link he had Gatorhyde on his boat, will give him a call. Bob Landry for the info also. Maybe I can find one somewhere to look at.

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#11145234 - 10/04/15 07:21 PM Re: Gatorhyde-good, bad or indifferent??? [Re: Big Kel]
meP2too Offline
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Registered: 12/07/03
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Loc: dallas,tx,usa
You are looking for a "gator hull" or "gorilla hull" not gatorhyde. Gator hulls and Gorilla hulls are layers of additional glass and special resins that are applied to the bottom boat of your boat. Basically adding about an additional 3/16 to 1/4 inch thickness to the bottom, but not the entire bottom. The layers of glass usually stop near the "water line" and then the resin coating will continue up the sides and front keel.

This is an alternative to repairing a damaged hull, but if you have any inner ply de-lamination this process will only cover up the issue.

My BassCat trailer came with a gotorhyde coating so it must be a thin protectant over the paint.


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