Re: Varnish. AAAGH!
I don't want to have to worry that I will scratch the dam varnish everytime I anchor, drop a drop board, drop a ? I found a recipe for old school wood preservative and protectent. I't 60% linseed oil,30% melted bee's wax and 10% pine tar. Yes it will darken wood, but I am not out for looks I want cheap easy and durable. I have been on so many (nubie) cruising boats that try to look like Yacht Club boats at the dock, afraid someone will scratch something or get something dirty. I have forty eight Y.O. teak that if you drag an anchor chain over it just polishes it! To each their own. Get out here cruising and you'll soon focus on the important stuff like sea worthiness and having fun.
Ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what their built for