I went ahead and ordered varnish today, in preparation for finishing in the beginning of April. I'll be taking advantage of the nice weather this weekend to do a few fairing coats of epoxy before the final sanding (my initial forays with 80 grit went a little deep in spots). At this point, I'm thinking of ways to tweak the look of the boat a little bit before finishing it, and was debating rub rails. The question is, can they be installed this late in the game? If so, they would go just at the bottom lip of the sheer where the deck rounds over. I know the instructions say to put them in-line with the deck rather then below, but would it look alright if I installed them just below the sheer round-over? I was thinking like a 1/2in walnut or teak 1/2 round tapered to 1/4in at the bow and stern.
Ideas?? How would this accent look with a bright finished hull and deck?