I originally had planned to paint the entire exterior of my Joel White Pooduck Skiff, but after so many people asked me if I was going to leave the hull "bright finished" I decided to varnish the sheer strake, to show off a little of the wood. I think that's a good compromise. I don't want people to think that it's made of fiberglass after all that hard work!
I finally started the long slog of several coats of varnish and several coats of primer followed by paint. When the paint is dry she'll be totally ready to hit the water as a rowboat (with the addition of a couple oarlocks). Still, I don't plan to launch her until she's ready to sail away.
I cleaned out the shop a little, burning wood scraps in an old barbeque grill. It's a respectful way to dispose of all that beautiful cedar, oak and mahogany.