I've ran a search and have read through a lot of posts about sealing/staining a cedar deck. It appears that regardless of what brand is used, count on a repeat performance about every 1 to 2 years. While some brands seem to carry the plague and should be avoided, there are several that seem to be good to really good, all based on past knowledge and experience.
I've also read where several folks have just left their cedar decks as is, no sealer, no stain, just clean it once a year, which even removes the graying that comes natural, so that it looks like a new cedar deck.
As continual maintenance and re-application of whatever I go with is a requirement, is there any real issues with doing nothing to the deck other than keeping it clean and washing it once a year (or so)? It's brand new, still need to even add a few deck boards yet, but want to get an idea on a plan for when it's ready to finish.
For information, if I do go the sealer route, I'm leaning more toward Cabot's as it is easy to get, and is cost reasonable. Semi-transparent or semi-solid, just depends on how semi the semi-solid looks.