Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
If you've read 100 posts about this subject, then you should know nothing much has changed in the past 20 years. Your "criteria" is flawed, because you simply can't get something that looks just like varnish without the work.
--- leave it natural - it "grays"
--- cetol or Semco in all their permutations of colors and layers
Actually, I never mentioned anything about something that looks like varnish but not to worry. What I specifically asked was about what people in this area were using since our needs up here are somewhat different with regards to UV protection etc. I think I'm just going to rub down and use some oil on the handrails and transom strip, hopefully in our climate it should mean 6 months or so between a quick scrub and a maintenance wipe over. Or of course I could just replace the handrails with stainless ones. Or just not care.
The hatchboard is going to need a bit more I think.