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Re: new wood and varnish ???

for 18 board feet I'm guessing about $750 for teak, maybe less, abot $300 for honduran mohagany, and about $150 for Meranti. I wonder what he spent for the fir and oak. I'm stuck with what I have now but will do it myself next time. I would rather redo it now but I dont want to make anyone mad and I want to go sailing.
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Re: new wood and varnish ???

Since your pieces are already made, I would precoat with 1-2 coats of varnish or spar urethane (more on that later). Drill for plugs and use the same finish to glue in the plugs. If you use a very sharp chisel to cut the plugs down you can get away without sanding and damaging the stain. Just 220 sand as you would between coats, spot stain the plugs and varnish.

Helmsman spar urethane is a very hard finish, easy to apply and dries very quickly. Two to three coats a day are possible. The only trouble I've had with it is that it turns dark in the sun (very high uv index here in SoCal). You may have no trouble with it at all where you are. The up-side to the darkening, if it does occur, is that in a year or so it could hide the fir and oak a bit.

BTW, keep the wood coated and it should last. No moisture, no mold. What kills most varnish jobs (besides neglect) is moisture and weathering at the edges. You need to eliminate ALL routes for moisture to enter the wood.
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May I suggest Cetol so that you don't spend your life maintaining parts that will probably be reached in a couple years. I use Cetol Natural. Ain't varnish, but I get to sail instead of varnish.
I re-did my Lil Islander with cetol, liked it enough to do my Tayana with it, back then Natural teak was not available. nowadays I'm using cetol natual teak as a base with epifanes wood finish gloss as a top coating.

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