cracks in gelcoat
I purchased a used Scot manufactured in the mid-eighties. Bought it about four years ago; never sailed before so we are learning. Since, it has developed massive number of hairline cracks across the fore deck perpindicular to centerline. At one boat shop I was told that you don't usually get so many hairline cracks on a deck. more at corners and stress points. They said that when it happens it is usually because the gelcoat was applied too thick originally. Does anyone have any idea if this is true? Or other explanations? We've taken good care of the boat, always covered it, have hit the dock a few times coming in but nothing massive, my crew stands on the foredeck to tend to the jib. And in addition, what is the threat to the wood underneath?