On my first build, which is a 25' stitch and glue sail boat (vagabond 26) and I am nearing the decking stage. Instead of using ply for the deck I am considering cold molding it with African Mahogany (mainly because I obtained a fair amount of it at a very good price, and I do love the look of it too)
If I take this route I assume I will most likely need at minimum a light glass over it for strength, So the question is- if I want to let the woods beauty show through on the deck do I have any finish options once glassed that will not be too slick when wet (and still allow the wood to look good)? Is going one layer shy of the needed deck thickness, then glassing it, and then laying the final layer over the glass like one would with Teak be a viable option or would the Mahogany deteriorate too fast without a built up topcoat type finish?
I am not aware of any non skid clears that will look good (but then again I am a pretty new to this all so maybe there is!) I just think it would look great to showcase the Mahogany on deck, just not sure how to get there without slipping onto my back side-
Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions!