The varnish on the top edge of the cockpit coamings on Cal40’s never lasts long because folks sit on it, step on it, drag lines over it, and hit it with winch handles.
We borrowed an idea from Lin and Larry Pardey and put a top piece of brushed teak on the top of the coamings. The bit of brushed teak on the top is slightly wider than the coamings, which makes it more comfortable to sit on. It also makes it easier to not get varnish on it because the proud edge of the brushed teak holds the edge of the varnish brush when you’re varnishing the coamings.
That bit of brushed teak needs no maintenance, the color looks fine with the varnish surface next to it, and it saves tons of wear, tear, and work.