That is one gorgeous boat! How much sailing experience do you have? Do you know where you'd keep it? I'm not trying to question what you're doing, but since I want to do the same thing eventually, I need to know how people think about these things.
Used to refinish wood on boats for a while, and for any boat woodwork, I'd remove the varnish (a pain) and use a wood oil. I don't know if I'm allowed to mention the name of the product we used on this forum, but it was wonderful. Saved lots of labor and time, and if it started to get a little thin, you'd just rub a little on the offending place, wait half an hour and wipe off the excess and it's gorgeous again! It's also a green product, sustainable, and non-toxic! It's made from the brazilian rose wood nut. Suddenly, maintaining the wood on my clients' boats became a breeze. It would be one season of hassle, but then it would be done and gorgeous forever.
If you don't do it yourself, be careful hiring people to strip your varnish if they're using heat guns. Unless they love the wood, they'll scorch it.
Well, as I said in my Intro, "Not much Exp in Sailing" But more than willing to go slow and learn it well..
As for Keeping it somewhere, Wherever is Nice, Safe and cheep as possible ..
And, I plan on Living on it. That way I can use ALL my resources for the boat, and im sure it will be Hungry at first.. LOL
Yup, Big fan of Oil on wood.
Ive been doing some Ceder walking sticks, finished with an Expensive Olive oil. Makes the wood Deep and Beautiful to look at.
Be glad to meet Any of you, Wont be anytime soon though.. IF, I buy a boat on the West coast, it may be a while befor I get down through Panama.
That will be a FUN trip..