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Re: Bow damage
Scale is hard to tell in the pic, it's probably smaller than it looks. The rub rail looks like a piece of tubing over a wooden strut. If so, one would think that could be moved forward again somehow. It's hard to imagine how you were going so fast to hit the dock hard enough to do that. It appears as if the entire nose needed to compress, but I don't think fiberglass would just pop back out.
You need to examine this from the inside too. If the cracks go through the boat, or dislodged anything inside, an exterior aesthetic repair isn't really good enough. Damage may not be confined to the impact area either, I'd check all around. When the boat abruptly stopped, the mast would have wanted to keep going and put a shock load on rigging and chain plates. I'd check everything.
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