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Finish for new mahogany

Hello all. I've been refitting an older Rhodes 19, and am ready for the finishing touches. The boat has new mahogany throughout and I'd like to ask for recommendations on finishing the new wood. It is my first boat, so not sure on what is best. I'm a woodworker, and like a nice finish, so I don't want to just throw anything on her.

I see that Cetol is popular and looks like it would do well. I would like to have something as clear as practical and not glossy. The boat will be covered most of the time, and garaged a good bit, so it will not be exposed to the elements so much. I'm not adverse to maintaining the finish, but would rather spend time on the water of course.

The varnished look is not that appealing to me, but perhaps I've just seen worse than average work.

Other ideas on what to use?
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