The pictures of the boats are gorgeous. I noticed that the comment that the cetol didn't give the same shine. I sure nothing gives the shine of hand bubbed and polishe varnish. But there was also the quote about "being a slave to the varnish". I too would rather be sailing. What about the Cetol gloss finish that they sell? Anyone have comments on that stuff. I will definitely check out the honey teak products mentioned also... Thanks and keep the comments / observations coming.
Those who are slaves to brightwork are likely those who don't do a full varnish schedule because they'd rather be sailing- then they have to do it more often, instead of sailing.
Regarding the mahogany on your ship, me and mahogany are old friends.
All the advice I have given here, is what I have learned, here:
It takes me an hour to lay on a varnish coat on the exterior brightwork on our sailboat. Our cruiser, as you can see, is a lot more wood intensive.
New and Improved Cetol is like saying "More leather-like vinyl."
It is what it is, and it ain't what it ain't and what it ain't is varnish.
If you're going to go with Cetol, then just paint the bloody wood and be done with it, or tear it off and replace it with stainless.
Cetol is crack for sailors- billed as quick and easy, it's lack of durability and leprosy-like incompatibility with other finishes means that you have to keep buying Cetol, every year.