I have just completed an Oxford Shell kit to the point where I am sanding the epoxy coating prior to varnishing and painting.
Although I had been fully prepared to start priming and painting the hull and varnishing the deck, the temporal proximity to the end of summer is now staring me in the face. I now want to get some rowing done before I have to resume classes this fall, and waiting a week or more for the paint to cure seems too long.
From reading many posts, it seems clear that using the boat with just the epoxy coating is in itself not a problem. I gather that the primary issues I would be facing by employing a non-varnished/painted boat lie in the lack of UV protection.
Is this correct? Is the primary hazard to an unfinished hull the possibility of sun damage?
Further, I would very much appreciate any advice on the subject of minimal protection for a month's worth of boating. For instance, applying a single coat of varnish or something along these lines; might this provide short term protection?
Thanks very much for any advice,