I raced on the J46 to BDA and back so I know it well. The J42 is local (or was) and it was really badly crazed. I raced on a J105 for a while and it too had crazing around the winches and the aft corner of the deck house.
I've been on a lot of J's, not hundreds but many, and crazing almost seems the norm. My older J35 has none, so there you go. It however, in my limited sampling, pretty common.
I'm not grinding an axe, it just was my friend who had the J46 and he got hosed on resale because of the crazing, huge loss. The boat has come back to our Marina for a paint job bcz the topsides are crazed vertically from the shear to under the bottom paint and I assume under the water line.
Didn't think you were grinding an axe at all...knew you had a J-35...Its all good info.
I once looked at an S-2 7.9 fixed keel version. All the gelcoat on deck was horribly crazed. Never had seen anything like it. Have never seen it on any other 7.9 or 9.1 either...so who knows? I agree that if its your boat, its gonna hurt your resale value tremendously...S2 was certainly known for their quality glass work. If not a bad batch of Gelcoat, which would affect a whole string of boats, I wonder if there is some combination of conditions that cause the gelcoat on a certain boat to craze like that, while not effecting other boats built at nearly the same time from the same production line?
Gelcoat was put on to thick