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I'm all about the easy maintenance. However, I can't stand the look of regular Cetol and, while I'm curious about them, that stigma has kept me from exploring some of their "natural" products that seem to be gaining acceptance.

The woodwork on my J/30 is really in need of varnish. It's almost bare and, while that's not a terrible look, I prefer brightwork. My last boat, a Pearson Triton, had beautiful mahogany coamings and lots of wood accents, so I kept that brightwork up. It seems a little silly fussing over brightwork on a J/30, though, which is why some of the "easy" products are appealing (so long as they don't have the look and texture of a pumpkin).

I told myself last year that I would redo the wood when it got cool. It didn't happen. Well, it's getting cool again and I need to do something. I may just go with traditional varnish. It isn't too bad if you keep after it.

One product I've had great results with is Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss. You don't have to sand between coats and the finish was very durable (I'm on the Gulf Coast).
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Paul,

Thanks for the advice. I shall review them next year before I do my spring maintenance and final coat for the year.

My objective this year is to protect the wood before the weather becomes too cold to work outside. Here in VA/MD, I should have a few good days in November when the weather is warm and dry enough to apply Cetol.

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One product I've had great results with is Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss. You don't have to sand between coats and the finish was very durable (I'm on the Gulf Coast).
NOLASailing,

I have to agree with you that Epifanes Wood Finish is a great product. I've done woodworking for years and was pleased with the results when I used it on some outdoor furniture.
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First off, I'd recommend Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual to you.
Thanks for the recommendation, Sailaway. I just ordered it from Amazon.

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