Reference: 1980 Mad River Explorer, original Ash trim that was meticulously cared for, only one little spot (under a deck plate) with a very little bit of dry rot, and it’s repairable…
Which is better for weatherproofing Ash trim for a Florida-wet environment (wood is being sanded clean and will be dry, prepped and treated prior to reinstallation). Would appreciate any advice about treating options:
Watco oil only. (Watco has kept this wood well protected all these years).
Captain’s varnish mixed with mineral spirits (50/50 or 25/75). Wiped on, not brushed.
Start with varnish/spirit dilution as a base-coat and follow with Watco for periodic maintenance applications.
This Explorer 16 (well, 15’11"), perfect in every way for this Estuary,
is near or on the Florida water all year long, paddling three to four days a week. So these 37 year old Ash pieces, impressive as they are, deserve extra special care.