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That amount of gelcoat chipping reflects a manufacturing defect. While the damage alone is not a big repair, to do so properly you should remove all the gelcoat on and around the seat and start over. What does the other one look like? Then you would then need to paint the seats and entire cockpit if you don't want to see the patched area. If you have this work done professionally, you will end up with what looks like a nicely patched cockpit. I personally wouldn't want to look at it every day. If you do it yourself, you will end up with a not-so-nicely patched cockpit.
Or you can buy some cocpit cushions that cover the area and go sailing. Calling this damage "minor cosmetic" damage is an understatement for sure, unless it just looks minor repative to the condition of the rest of the boat....
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