On a similar note, I hate epoxy-coated trim (gunwales, decks, etc. and the same would go for coating the hull of a boat like a Willitts or a strip Peterborough) because it looks like plastic and rather fake. On the other hand, whenever I'm working on a canoe with end decks (stripper, wood canvas, wood-trimmed fiberglass, it doesn't matter) I will flip it over, go up underneath and brush two coats of epoxy resin on the underside of the pointy end of the decks and the stem/inwales/decks junction. It doesn't show and nobody would probably ever know it's even there unless you told them, but the moisture exclusive properties of the epoxy in that area probably makes the little pointed tip of the deck ten times less prone to eventually rotting out - something that many of us have seen happen over and over again. Water is getting in there and most of it is getting in there while the boat is sitting upside down, not while it's being paddled. Epoxy will put a stop to that. Varnish won't, as is plainly obvious from all the examples of boats with rotted stem tops and deck tips. I suppose some folks feel that getting within ten feet of a wood/canvas canoe with a can of epoxy is a cardinal sin. On the other hand, the tips of their decks will probably rot out some day. Mine won't. For those who totally shun epoxy, you can do something similar with melted paraffin, which also has excellent moisture exclusion properties. It just doesn't last as long and needs to be maintained and renewed from time to time.