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I probably should have given more detail...
Because I mostly day sail, I am more concerned about sliding in and out than protecting the wood. If they get wet, they won't stay wet long and white oak puts up with getting wet and dried pretty well, especially when it is thin.
When I say "oil" I mean a tung and terps blend using 100% tung oil and sometimes substituting spirits for terps (real terps is pricey, but I use it for authenticity in building historic instruments - another hobby) usually mixed about 50/50 for the first coat with more oil in succeeding coats. For something utilitarian like this, I would probably only do a couple of coats.
When I say "wax" I mean paste wax rubbed in and buffed out.
Varnish is the Helmsman spray can from the hardware store. I don't generally use varnish for much.
Newport 17 - "Kohanna"
At sea Darwin's hypotheses is the final arbiter of right of way.