I'm building an Annapolis Wherry--my first build. I've been wondering whether to put a first coat of unthickened epoxy on the upper strakes before stitching them together. (I'd only do the upper strakes which aren't going to have fiberglass applied.) Advantages I see is that a it should be quite easy to apply the fiberglass and sand smooth while the planks are sitting flat. I'd apply the second coat once everything is together, at the time prescribed in the directions.
Any thoughts/advice most appreciated.