Quick question- I'm going to be buying wood to rebuild my transom tomorrow afternoon. It seems like everyone on here recommends outdoor grade plywood, but I was hoping to use something I could finish with varnish. My dash, floors, and seats are all pine with about 12 coats of spar varnish. They look like they were dipped in glass. I think it would look really sharp if my transom matched.
1. Will 3/4" pine be strong enough for the transom?
2. Will finishing it with spar varnish hold up?