I have finally found a prevention rather than cure for chips and scratches to the gelcoat
on my bows and at around £30 on EBAY it is as cheap
as a gelcoat
Its called a "rigid sprung bow protector" rigid being that it is made of highly polished upvc and sprung because it cleverly sits slightly off the bow until something tries to collide with your bows like a mooring
or pontoon etc. It is virtually bullet proof on the outside so it cant puncture like a normal bow fender
but where it matters against the hull
, it has a dense foam lining.
I leave mine on even while sailing although it doesnt take up any storage
space. It is a fraction of the weight (and price) of a decent bow fender
and if it means I can be sailing rather than sanding
and spraying, it will do for me.