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I recently purchased my wife a Wenonah "Solitude" single canoe in fiberglass, gel coated. (She would love a Kayak, but because of knee problems would have problems getting in and out)
I purchased the boat at a good price, the dealer was trying to move several solo boats because they were not moving due to the popularity of kayaks. While cleaning up the boat, and putting on a needed coat of wax, i noticed several small handling scratches, but what bothered me more were some spider like cracks. Crazing ? One of these was in an open area of the hull, the other two extending from under the aluminum gunwhales. These areas do not seem to have structural problems if you press on the area, it looks like the cracks are only in the gelcoat. This boat was stored outside, wrapped in blue plastic, on a boat rack that was covered.
Does anyone know if this is something common on gelcoated glass canoes, or is it something that I should even worry about.
Thanks for input.
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