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Re: Wooden rudder n dagger board
You can use both of them without putting any coating on the bare spots.
It would be a good idea to rinse them off in fresh water (assuming salt water) after using them and allow them to dry.
I volunteer at a youth sailing program that has 20 Sunfish for the teens to use. Many of the dagger boards & rudders have some bare spots but we use them anyway. Mahogany is a pretty tough wood if cared for.
Another option is to wipe your bare spots with an oil, like Teak oil, Tung oil etc. This will protect the bare spots from water ingress to a degree.
Then when you have a few weeks you can re-finish at your leisure.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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