I have a Rhodes 19 daysailer of which I am replacing the mahogany floor with meranti.
I intend to assemble three removable pieces (maybe four if required) for ease of refinishing each year (varnished finish coat) and so as to have fewer fasteners in the ribs.
Each removable section of floor I figured I would assemble with fasteners sunk and bunged. Where each section is fastened to the ribs will be exposed and I'll use a finish washer.
The question is, should the pieces of meranti assembled as a removable section have bedding compound between each piece when assembled? Also, should I build up a number of coats of varnish, then assemble using bedding compound? Then apply a few more coats of varnish once assembled. I'm thinking if I have each piece encapsulated in varnish then fasten them together using bedding compound I will get many more years before any water lifts my varnish. Are these extra efforts worth my time and money?
Keeping in mind that these floorboards could not be provided a more harsh environment.
Thanks in advance for any advise.