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PostPosted: May 7th, 2020, 1:23 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Been looking forward to summer paddling as a way of getting through this time. Just saw a good deal on a used Prospector that I'm excited about. It's a Scott - Prospector - 16’ fiberglass. It's $800, and I've been told there are two small stress cracks (2 inches) in gel coat only. I'm going to see it tomorrow. I'm hoping I can do the repair myself. A few questions I'm looking for advice on:

1. If the crack is just in the gel coat, how urgent is the repair?
2. Is this an easy repair I can do myself? Do you have any good DIY resources to share?
3. Is this a good deal considering the cracks?
4. Is there anything else I should be looking out for when I take a look? I've never purchased a used canoe before.

It's a bit heavier than I wanted, but I can't afford anything lighter right now. It would be used primarily on open lakes and rivers for backcountry camping and short to medium portages. Stability is important, as I'm novice/intermediate and usually with other novice paddlers.

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Natasha


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2020, 1:43 pm 
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That sounds like a fair deal.

I wouldnt worry about small cracks in the gel coat, I wouldnt classify that as an urgent repair.

If it looks good it probably is good. Major damage should be obvious.


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2020, 2:25 pm 
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Thanks!


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2020, 3:08 pm 
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I’ve paddled my canoe with cracked gelcoat for years.

If you are so inclined, some canoe manufacturers have information about gelcoat repairs on their websites. Clipper, Nova Craft. Others? Not sure about Scott canoes.

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PostPosted: May 7th, 2020, 4:00 pm 
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$800 is about the top end of what I'd pay for a FG Scott of the old lineage before they went bankrupt. So if it is in really good shape yeah I might buy it. I usually see them more in the $500 - $600 range but I will admit I don't see a lot of their Prospectors I see mainly other models.

Whether or not the crack is an issue - would have to see it but based on the description probably not.

Lots of resources online on how to repair - it is pretty easy to do.


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2020, 4:37 pm 
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Thanks! Very helpful!


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