I am working on a Mill Creek 13 which is my first stitch and glue boat. I just finished gluing the interior seams and applying 2 coats of epoxy. I don't see any mention of finishing the interior in the Build Manual. Doesn't the cockpit at a minimum need sanding and some paint or varnish for UV protection?
Seems like now is the time to do it if it is necessary because of ease of access to the interior of the boat.