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#12618129 - 02/08/18 09:07 PM Gator or Gorilla Hulls
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 2246
Loc: Allen, TX
I saw recently someone posted about having a "Gator Hull" put on by Lake Fork Fiberglass. There is a similar hull available "Gorilla Hull" that Toledo Fiberglass (Toledo Bend) has been putting on boats for years. They claim 6,000 boats have their hull.

What are you thoughts on these hulls? I recently damaged my hull on Welsh and need some serious work done. I have thought about using one of these hulls but do not have much information on them. What do you think! They are actually less expensive that straight fiberglass repair. I'm concerned that it might void my lifetime warranty on the hull (BassCat) and/or be an inferior fix to a straight fiberglass repair. But I also like the idea I may never have a hull "problem" again. I fish stumped filled most of the time. I know there is a resale value question but at my age, this may be my last boat.

What say you TFF?

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#12618168 - 02/08/18 09:26 PM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
BNKrust Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/20/01
Posts: 3238
Loc: Mansfield, TX USA
The Gorilla Hull is outstanding, and if I remember correctly, have a lifetime warranty? It adds some weight, but it's more stable in the rough stuff and gives stumps the finger for the most part.
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#12618210 - 02/08/18 09:56 PM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
grout-scout Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 7082
Loc: Boerne, Texas
Your BassCat hull warranty is a joke, they won’t fix blisters and if you have already damaged it what do you think they will warranty now? The gorilla hull cost more and seems to be a little better product than the gator, both are better than fiberglass.

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#12618314 - 02/08/18 11:45 PM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
burner42 Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/19/16
Posts: 285
Loc: Dallas Texas
I think you saw my post on Gator Hull. Where do you live? If you live in DFW or East Texas why drive all the way to Louisana, I think that's where Gorilla Hull is located? Gator Hull has a lifetime warranty too, quick turnaround and can most likely get it covered under your insurance. My buddy has had it on his Skeeter for over 6+ years without an issue, several others I talked to are happy with it too.
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#12618369 - 02/09/18 05:34 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
acts2:38-39 Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/31/12
Posts: 299
Loc: Lake Fork
Yes sir I've got it! Mike at lake fork fiberglass he'll do you right. Don't hesitate get it and be worry free as far as the hull lol

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#12618372 - 02/09/18 05:38 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3636
Loc: Yantis, TX
Not enough difference in either hull coating to be worth driving out of the way. Mike at Lake Fork Fiberglass does an excellent job of applying the Gator hull. It comes with a no questions asked lifetime warranty. It adds about 35lbs. to the boat. Some boats may see a loss of 1 to 2mph top speed...others may actually see an increase. I noticed no loss on my Gambler.
Your boat will actually launch and load easier.

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#12618379 - 02/09/18 05:46 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
barbarian Offline
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Registered: 04/21/10
Posts: 747
I had the gorilla hull on a boat and had zero complaints. Boat still ran every bit as good. About the only adjustment you will have to make is it looks different. It doesn't look like fiberglass/gel. It looks like what it is - a coating of some sort. I would have zero hesitation of getting it installed.

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#12618396 - 02/09/18 06:18 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
6BOOMER Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/16/12
Posts: 968
Loc: Del Rio, Tx
I had the gator hull put on in Dec of 17, better handling and speed. Had blisters they grinded down, layered with fiberglass mat then installed coating. One week turnaround at the time. Was worth my 9 hr drive..


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#12618428 - 02/09/18 06:51 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: grout-scout]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1390
Loc: Lufkin Texas
I don't know of a single company that will fix blisters as warranty. Also knocking a hole in a boat isn't warranty, that is why we pay for insurance.

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#12618496 - 02/09/18 07:53 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 7808
Loc: Albany
Originally Posted By: Andrew Y'Barbo
I don't know of a single company that will fix blisters as warranty. Also knocking a hole in a boat isn't warranty, that is why we pay for insurance.


So what does a manufacturer lifetime warranty cover.
It does not cover blisters, spiderwebbing, fading, damage from stumps. So I guess unless the fiberglass splits apart from natural causes a factory warranty on a boat is pretty worthless.

You would think if a guy in a fiberglass shop in east Texas could put on a bottom that he warranties no questions asked that a manufacturer could do the same.

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#12618610 - 02/09/18 08:43 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: 9094]
tmd11111 Online   content
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Registered: 04/30/17
Posts: 976
Loc: San Angelo
Originally Posted By: 9094
Originally Posted By: Andrew Y'Barbo
I don't know of a single company that will fix blisters as warranty. Also knocking a hole in a boat isn't warranty, that is why we pay for insurance.


So what does a manufacturer lifetime warranty cover.
It does not cover blisters, spiderwebbing, fading, damage from stumps. So I guess unless the fiberglass splits apart from natural causes a factory warranty on a boat is pretty worthless.

You would think if a guy in a fiberglass shop in east Texas could put on a bottom that he warranties no questions asked that a manufacturer could do the same.


Hull warranties from pretty much any manufacturer covers structural defects. Some will cover blisters as this is from improper layup. Fading is from owner neglect as in not keeping it cleaned and waxed. Let your car sit out covered in bird [censored] and not washed for a year and see if the manufacturer will cover it. Damage from tree stumps is like asking an auto manufacturer to warranty an accident.


Edited by tmd11111 (02/09/18 08:45 AM)

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#12618845 - 02/09/18 11:01 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
jchaney Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/27/05
Posts: 156
Loc: Royse City, TX
So, if the lifetime warranties are offered from Toledo or LF Fiberglass, what happens 10 years from now if these companies are no longer in business or key personnel have changed?

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#12618905 - 02/09/18 11:36 AM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: jchaney]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3636
Loc: Yantis, TX
Originally Posted By: jchaney
So, if the lifetime warranties are offered from Toledo or LF Fiberglass, what happens 10 years from now if these companies are no longer in business or key personnel have changed?


That is the downside to any business that offers a lifetime warranty. It is a chance you take. I believe it's worth it from the side of the hull being more resilient to hull damage, and the downtime necessary for repairs.

When my Gator hull was installed, it was a 2 week wait period, plus a week to install. I hate to be w/o my boat again that long.

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#12619016 - 02/09/18 12:49 PM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: Allen Bass Fisher]
kking Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 49
We have prob 6-8 boats in our club with gorilla hills. I am on my second basscat with it. No noticeable differences in the performance but great not having to worry about damaging hull. Unless the guys at Toledo fiberglass just decide to retire I think they will stay in business for a long by time. Warranty follows the boat so it really is lifetime. Let me know if you have any more questions

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#12620645 - 02/10/18 02:54 PM Re: Gator or Gorilla Hulls [Re: tmd11111]
9094 Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 7808
Loc: Albany
Originally Posted By: tmd11111
Originally Posted By: 9094
Originally Posted By: Andrew Y'Barbo
I don't know of a single company that will fix blisters as warranty. Also knocking a hole in a boat isn't warranty, that is why we pay for insurance.


So what does a manufacturer lifetime warranty cover.
It does not cover blisters, spiderwebbing, fading, damage from stumps. So I guess unless the fiberglass splits apart from natural causes a factory warranty on a boat is pretty worthless.

You would think if a guy in a fiberglass shop in east Texas could put on a bottom that he warranties no questions asked that a manufacturer could do the same.


Hull warranties from pretty much any manufacturer covers structural defects. Some will cover blisters as this is from improper layup. Fading is from owner neglect as in not keeping it cleaned and waxed. Let your car sit out covered in bird [censored] and not washed for a year and see if the manufacturer will cover it. Damage from tree stumps is like asking an auto manufacturer to warranty an accident.


Actually my car has a lifetime paint warranty yours probably does also.
As far as boat manufacturers i am well aware of what their warranty entails. I just stated that in actuality a lifetime warranty is pretty worthless from a boat manufacturer


Edited by 9094 (02/10/18 02:55 PM)

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