im going to be doing some prototyping on a strip build paddle board, it is a bit of a unique design, not really surfboard based as the majority of what you see out there are. i am using basic dimensions of production SUP boards as a baseline, so i might get lucky and get the stability and maneuverability right the first time, but i really don't want to waste the materials on an "experiment", it is just for personal use too so there is no "investment" here for later return. in the future i may mess around with my own kayak, mostly because i enjoy building and adjusting as opposed to just building from plans.
my thought was to use cheap white wood for my strips, then just a couple good coats of varnish, or some sort of sealer?? i feel like the thing only needs to hold up in the water for a couple sessions to know if adjustments need to be made. or maybe if i do need the strength of at least some fiberglass i would use polyester resin since its cheaper than epoxy. again prototyping so not worried about looks or long term.
any shared experiences or suggestions would be appreciated.