A I remain un-piqued .
I have said as per your picket fence analogy that original wooden boats will not tolerate modern sealing paints as the integrity is in the specialized timber and they were coated in 'House Paint ' for looks.
E.G Huon pine -White beech etc.
Those timbers have to 'breathe ' . Look at all the colourful Mediterranean fishing craft .
Modern (plywood ) should , particularly the edges as it sponges up water , be sealed .
This can be done with any type of paint these days however some seal much better than others although house paint is so chemically improved .
Whatever ' Floats your Boat '
My signature - Hard 'a Starboard -is a metaphor for 'Do the Right Thing '
Re booze costs -we in NSW are having to pay 20c per can/bottle half going to charity and the other half refundable if you visit limited recycle depots and you get a voucher for Woolworths . Now I'm Piqued !