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Newbie Q: Paint or gelcoat crazing?

In my ongoing quest for my first keelboat, I looked at a 1977 Catalina 27 today which turned out to have a rather bad complexion. The boat has reportedly been Awlgripped in the past, and I thought this was the Awlgrip cracking, but the owner claims it's gelcoat cracking.

Here are some sample pictures:


(Sorry for the lack of proper links; apparently newbies aren't allowed to submit posts with links, or even text w/ URLs. )

I otherwise liked the boat, so I'd like to know what this problem is and whether it's a hopeless case, and thought I would consult the Oracle (that's you guys ). Thanks for any illumination.

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