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Most gelcoat manufacturers advise against using gelcoat on epoxy from what I've seen, and it even says so on the Epoxyworks page you've posted a link of.
Further, the tests you show only have 9 weeks worth of data. I would be far less skeptical and far more likely to accept the results if they had data from a wider variety of boats, rather than just test laminates, which are not subjected to the stress that boat hulls and decks are, and if the tests were for longer than two months. Also, in some of the graphs, the strength of the bond drops over 10%, which I certainly would consider significant. Particularly note that most of the graphs peak and then trend downwards. IF this trend continues, even at a decelerating rate, the amount of strength lost in the bond over a year would be highly significant.
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