Doug, I HAD planned on just using the Minwax Finish oil based stain, but fortunately a very nice gentleman on these forums sent me a "study" done of the failure rate of that particular stain under epoxy. Apparently, epoxy (ANY kind of epoxy) seems to not adhere to that particular oil blend very well. I'd love to know why...
Good thing he sent it when he did - the next day was my planned "stain-fest".
Anyway, after reading a lot more, talking to manufacturers, and calling my mom (who does take very good care of her sailboat!), I decided that since I didn't know a whole lot about staining evenly on large pieces, I'd play it safe and go with a Gel-stain. Again, by Minwax, but their gel-stains have a different oil composition and solvent ratio. At least, that's what they said when I called them. Just to be sure, I did a test piece, and the West epoxy stuck really well. I was chipping at it with a chisel and it wasn't budging.
I finished staining and am waiting a few days before laminating the decorative strips onto the exterior walls. I'm still trying to decide if I should cut out the doors before laying the strips or after. I'm half afraid that if I do it after, they won't line up when I hang the doors. (Any advice would be appreciated!)
After that, my plan is to apply a coat of CPES and then wait a couple days, then lay out the fiberglass overnight to "form", and then do the West epoxy. When I did the stain/epoxy test, I didn't like the way the brush was skootching the fiberglass around (probably just me with too heavy a hand), so my plan is to roll the epoxy on with epoxy rollers I got from Jamestown Distributors.
Speaking of rollers, I have a question for anybody that can answer it. My mom sent me some rollers, but they're kinda weird looking. Theyre metal, with a bunch of circular ridges going around the center, like an enormous screw. You don't put roller covers on them, apparently, but heck if I know what they are or what theyre used for. Maybe getting bubbles out? I know my mom probably sent them just so I'd have to call her and ask, so I'm not gonna.
HA! In my forties, and still being a donkey's behind.... guess I'll never grow out of bucking my mom!