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#6464560 - 08/01/11 09:20 AM Gator Hull
Champion198 Offline

Registered: 03/11/11
Posts: 437
Loc: East Texas (Big Sam)
Any of you guys have a gator hull on your boat?
Do you like it?
Is it worth the money?

#6464612 - 08/01/11 09:35 AM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Champion198]
fouzman Offline

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 42877
Loc: Houston, TX
I don't and never have. They may be awesome but I had a guy at the glass shop explain to me the pitfalls. The main one was if you get a hole through it and the water leaks in between the gator hull and the glass. That's going to cause all kinds of damage. That and the added weight. I think it would be very useful if you fish shallow and ease over a bunch of stumps all the time but, other than that, I see no benefit, personally.

Edited by fouzman (08/01/11 09:35 AM)
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#6464692 - 08/01/11 09:58 AM Re: Gator Hull [Re: fouzman]
Dr JL Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/01/11
Posts: 1390
Loc: Aledo, Texas
Well, there are some negatives as mentioned above, but I got one on my old 17ft boat I use only for shallow water site fishing and I love it.
Lifetime warranty is great
I am really hard on that boat and bash into stuff all the time, no worries so far
Performance may be less but it only added 22 lb to my small boats weight, and let's face it, my site fishing boat is not for speed or comfortable rides.

#6464709 - 08/01/11 10:01 AM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Dr JL]
LakeForkLodge Offline
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Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1448
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
Tough as advertised. Almost indestructable. It will reduce speed a little.
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#6464730 - 08/01/11 10:07 AM Re: Gator Hull [Re: LakeForkLodge]
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/16/03
Posts: 740
Loc: Carrollton, TX USA
My fishing partner has one on his 91 Basscat. Lake Fork Fiberglass installed it years ago and we have never had a prob.
It is espically good now the lakes are so low and you need to run it on the shore. It is a little heavier but, we pretty much go any where on Fork with out any worries.


#6465750 - 08/01/11 02:07 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Champion198]
Champion198 Offline

Registered: 03/11/11
Posts: 437
Loc: East Texas (Big Sam)
thanks for the info guys
These are some pictures of my boat hull.
fiberglass is still solid but have some gel coat damage.

was thinking about getting the gator hull, but not sure.
might just get gel coat fixed.
not sure what to do?

#6465954 - 08/01/11 02:38 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Champion198]
Tony Clark @ Lake Fork Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 1886
Loc: Texas
In your case I believe gel coat over the bad spot is all you would need.I'm no fiberglass expert by no means,however most of the folks on lake fork that I personally know have not had any issues with the gator hull.In my case on my 14 year old guide boat at the time,Mike at Lake Fork fiberglass said it would be cheaper to have the gator hull put on,than re gelcoat a big area were I had beached the boat over 14 years and rubbed off all the gelcoat.Again I had no holes in the hull.The boat still preformed well for me,I may have lost a few mph on the top end.Just My 2cents

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#6466449 - 08/01/11 04:19 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Tony Clark @ Lake Fork]
Javelin Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/23/03
Posts: 1536
Loc: Huntington,Texas
go with a gorrilla hull from toledo fiberglass

#6466875 - 08/01/11 05:47 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Javelin]
rxkid2001 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/26/11
Posts: 3904
Loc: Wishing I was in TX
Judging from the pictures you need to do something. You're already through the gel and into the fiberglass.

#6466961 - 08/01/11 06:09 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: rxkid2001]
CorySmith Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 1285
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX / South TX
Give us a call tomorrow morning man! Are signature thing we do
Is called the StumpShield! We offer a lifetime warranty as well! were open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm M-F thumb

#6466963 - 08/01/11 06:09 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: rxkid2001]
hoodoobaits Offline

Registered: 06/17/11
Posts: 365
Loc: Mansfield,Tx
I have a gorilla hull from Toledo fiberglass for 12 years now and never had an issue with it. made the boat a little heavier but the lifetime warranty that transfers to anyone who ever owns the boat speaks for itself. I personally see more advantages than disadvantages just my 2 cents.

Edited by hoodoobaits (08/01/11 06:10 PM)

#6467043 - 08/01/11 06:26 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: hoodoobaits]
Big 10 Inch Offline

Registered: 01/18/11
Posts: 313
I have a gator hull and it is the best money you can spend on your boat hands down! I fish fork a lot! I do not worry about going over stumps at idle now, nor do I worry about putting my boat on the beach or even the boat ramp. It made my boat handle better and more solid. Crossing boat wakes before was bone jarring. Now just cuts right through them. I have a 21 ft Skeeter. Mike at Lake Fork Fiberglass did mine.

#6467492 - 08/01/11 08:27 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Big 10 Inch]
Bassalong Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/08/05
Posts: 766
Loc: Iowa
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that a lot of fiberglass guys wish there was no such thing as the Gorilla Hull.

#6467584 - 08/01/11 08:44 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Bassalong]
Champion198 Offline

Registered: 03/11/11
Posts: 437
Loc: East Texas (Big Sam)
Originally Posted By: Bassalong
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that a lot of fiberglass guys wish there was no such thing as the Gorilla Hull.

please elaborate?
because they're so good?

#6467746 - 08/01/11 09:20 PM Re: Gator Hull [Re: Champion198]
hooksetmafia Offline

Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 178
Loc: mansfield,texas
Well i think he means that once you have one you wont need a fiberglass man for your hull anymore. You have any issues at all its fixed under warranty. Sounds like a no brainer to me I would do it especially if the cost is close to the same.

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