I'm always learning lessons from other more experienced sailors and yesterday my neighbor told me about passivating paste for stainless steel.
Ever since I have had the boat, the rust stains on my boomkin have had the best of me. Now thanks to Neal, they are history and when I get a chance to buy some of this passivating stuff I will do the same thing on the rest of the boat.
For my teak, i now just use oil.
When I started out I tried to use varnish but in the school of hard knocks I soon learnt that it was a lot of work to keep it up.
So now I am getting rid of any places that still has varnish on them.