As Sgt. Schultze says, "I know noddinks, I see noddinks!!"
So, I emailed a contact for this area. AW an answer. I expect that, if these folks like wooden canoes, they're good folks. (How could they be anything else??!! )
Bee thanks for the link in the form there's some good information about using clear coat in lieu of varnish. I clear coated my last build instead of varnish too early to tell but it's doing good so far.