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is this something to worry about?

I recently had my new (40 years old) Pearson Ariel soda blasted. The picture below is of the hull just at the start of the water line.
Is this structural or just cosmetic? Is this something to worry about?
FYI the boat was on the hard in Boston for three years.
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Re: is this something to worry about?

I'd only worry if there were similar stress cracks evident on inside the cabin in the same place.
Boats of this vintage will show some stress cracks in the gel coat layer.
Boats of this vintage were also fairly robustly built and cracks in the gel coat tend to be just that and nothing more.
You could try to repair the gel coat cracks and then just keep an eye on them as the boat is put through stress.
My vote is this is mostly cosmetic.
My boat is 45 years old.
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Re: is this something to worry about?

It's cosmetic - plenty of old boats had excessively thick gelcoats that crack like that. If it bothers you, V the grooves with a can opener or similar and fill.
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