It's been a while since I visited Rhapsody. Today I decided to check in on the boat. Things looked good. I took the piece of the handrail that I removed from the top side and decided to do something with it. I first did a little sanding but not much. I was looking in a book that after any sanding was done, it could be wiped down with mineral spirits and could be ready for varnish.
Here I wiped it down and could see some of the grain showing through. Nice hint of what it would look like with varnish.
I put a couple screws into the handrail to prop it up with wrenches while it dried.
I went ahead and applied a little bit of varnish, mixed 50/50 with mineral spirits.
This is the Epifanes varnish I used.
Before I left the boat today, I moved the handrail to the countertop down below. The Epifanes can says to allow to dry 24hrs between coats. I tried coating with a couple coats before I left. Hopefully it will turn out nice and I can add additional coats whenever I visit again.