Originally Posted by KeelHaulin
similarly cetol does not require as much maintenance if it is not getting direct sun. My dropboards and trim around the companionway need less maintenance also, and they are not beneath a dodger. Just being on a vertical surface and oriented north-south gives enough sun evasion.
You're abosoutely correct- the trim pictured is under dodger....except for the six months of the year when the dodger is stowed away and it is exposed to snow and rain and sun and sub-zero temperatures.
and the wood that isn't covered isn't in need of maintenance any earlier than that which is dodger protected.
I agree, one can end up chasing brightwork maintenance, and varnishing a peeling ugly finish every year... and it is inevitably because the sanded surface wasn't wiped down before initial coating, there wasn't a full buildup of coats the first time the bare wood was coated, or the first coats were imporoperly thinned, hindering full saturation.
More work up front means less work later.