Not too long ago a bought a used Current Designs Gulfstream (kevlar version) in pretty good condition. There were some chips in the gel coat (on the bottom) where the kevlar was showing through so I filled those in and then polished out the bottom to remove some of the lighter scratches.
After the drive home from paddling today I noticed some long hairline cracks in the gel coat near the front hatch (along the side next to the hatch) and some spider cracks where the straps from the roof rack made contact with the hull. I’m assuming the hairline cracks were from the boat flexing while I was driving (I didn’t have the front/rear tied down and got stuck behind a tractor trailer) and the spider cracks were from over-tightening the straps.
Is it worth me repairing the hairline and spider cracks?
I’m currently using J-syle roof racks for the kayak, should I spring for new roof racks to transport it on the bottom or just tie down the from and rear?