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The first time we had to do any teak work on our boat, I happened on the a book by Rebecca J. Wittman; " Brightwork; The Art of Finishing Wood" ISBN # 0-877-42-984-7. Besides being a beautiful "coffee table book", and a guide to all finishes for exterior and interior wood, the author's style of writing makes it a good read.
We have exterior teak rails and trim that we use Cetol on, and are very happy with the look and length of time between touch ups/ redoings.
Our interior teak was unfinished, simply oiled. Using Rebecca's suggestion of sanding oil into the wood we now have a "hand rubbed finish" on all our interior teak that rivals the finish on fine furniture. People who visit our boat can't believe it's not varnished. Yearly touch ups are simple, I just wipe the wood down with a very light coat of oil.
My favorite teak oil is Daely's "Seafin" oil, produced by 2 brothers in Seattle.