I bought a Stellar S-18 Advantage last fall and have paddled it about a dozen times.
There is some small cracks in the gel coat eminating from the screws used to secure the deck rigging. This is where the straps go when I attach it to the car so I can kind of get that these will happen. Have read up about them and stopped by the shop where I bought it. They said nothing to worry about and suggested I use Magic Ezy to patch.
What’s got me worried now is that there are multiple cracks at each of the four anchor points for the foot braces. It doesn’t look like there’s any damage to the hull and I paddled it in a race today without any problems.
I’ve tried to baby this thing because I was told they are fragile. I knew there will be scratches and scrapes but my question to the experienced here - is this common on such a new boat? Is it something I should accept as normal or is this something that I should be worried about and go back to the vendor/manufacturer?