I have seen more of these than I care to think about... For gelcoat, use an expert if you care about appearance. If you have significant damage beyond that use a glassing expert or an excellent repair man with a good idea and the ability to carry it through to completion.
A customers boat was dismasted and had severe bow damage when hit by a famous boat that came loose from its mooring
force winds (97 mph) many years ago. The famous meter boat sank. My customers boat was placed in a slip where I could access and work
on it and it became a very attractive sailboat again. After the glass and gelcoat repairs
by others I had a fabrication make an icebreaker stainless reinforcement for the bow and through bolted to the deck
to hold the new forestay. No problem with boat damage when hitting the dock
or being hit by some other object at the pointy end... That night of bad weather
I was working on USC's research
vessel, Velero IV. In Santa Monica Bay and Los Angeles Harbor... No one hurt and we worked through all that weather
into the next morning to nearly noon. Nicer being on a 110 ft vessel than a dink.