Hi everyone, I'm just getting started.  I've gathered all the tools, read Fletcher's book about 6 times (so great), and read quite a lot of these posts (also great).  I've decided to build a 17x54.  Went to the lumber dealer in town, and decided i'm definitely going to use the Hydrotek BS 1088 6mm for sides, and 12mm for floor.  I'm going to use Mahogany for the Stem.  I'm planning to use Port Orford Cedar for the frames, and was thinking i'd match that with White Oak for the rails/chines.  I hope to have the boat for the rest of my life, and while i want it to be the most beautiful boat ever built, I truly want to use materials that will last and be effective.  So, first question... Instead of White Oak, anyone ever use Port Orford for rails?  It seems like the color would be similar to White Oak, but i wonder about durability as a rail.  appreciate any insight you might have.

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I am still refining my own varnishing technique, but learned a lot from Nick Schade's book over 20 years ago...he now has it on video:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2317536728502034

That looks incredible, Dusty.  Thanks to your uncle for some gorgeous Fir!

i just watched his technique, I'm going to try it for the next coat.  I think it will be helpful to do smaller sections at a time.  thanks Shawn!

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