The previous owner of my Halcyon 27 has taken much of external wood back to bare timber, coated it with West epoxy, then final topcoats of a UV resistant varnish. This was done about two years ago and still looks fantastic! He did not coat the washboards or locker lids, and these now look rather grey and contrast poorly with the epoxy / varnished coamings. I know there is lots of debate about leaving hardwoods in their natural state, but aesthetically I'd prefer to have that deep golden brown colour of varnished wood rather than 'weathered grey'. I could follow his lead and use the epoxy / varnish route...or try a two-stage saturant / gloss finish with a traditional varnish such as Deks Olje D1 / D2. What are the pros and cons of the two approaches, bearing in mind that the wood is 35 years old and a bit grainy?? Clearly I'll need to prepare the surface well in either case. The woods are probaby teak and / or Afromosia (that's what the builders used it seems).