(steps into a TARDIS)
(For the record, this is MY long dead Great Aunt Pearl and she was a spitfire and a woodworker. I miss her everyday.)
(and if you would have handled this situation differently, let me know. I don't think Rio will be my last boat..)
I don't remember all the specifics of planking up Rio. I do remember that the first (the bottom plank) was a bit rough to attach. For some reason, one side went on easier than the other, but both had a slight gap where the planks met the stem. On the port side, there ended up being a gap of nearly 1" on the bow.
The gap existed during the dry fit. It seemed worse when I went to attach the plank permanently.
Several things could have caused this gap.
1. I lofted the plank wrong. (probably not, the other side fit better)
2. Something wasn't square or plumb. (possible, although I was being extra careful about this)
3. I cut the plank wrong. (quite possible)
4. I didn't put the plank on right. There was an overage on one spot and a gap on the other, which leads me to believe that if I had shifted the plank slightly, it may have been a better fit.
5. All of the above.
I remember panicking, saying a few rather unsavory words, and once I realized I didn't have enough plywood lying around to scarf and cut out a new plank, I decided to move on with my life and grabbed my epoxy and wood flour.
And I stuffed the gap full of the miraculous mixture, smoothed it out with a popsicle stick, and called it a day. After rooting around my old photos, turns out that I also used some packing tape to get a smooth finish on said 'fix.'
TGFE. Thank God For Epoxy, amirite?
Enough talk. You want to see shameful photos of wood butchery, don't you?
Let's start with the worst photo of the bunch, shall we?
Said overage, what I'm seeing there probably indicates that I should have spent more time properly aligning the plank. Hindsight.
Side profile that shows the magnitude of said gap.
So there you have it. I figured that epoxy and wood flour is stronger than wood itself, so the fix should be decent enough. I'll probably fiberglass it to be sure, though.
I've lured in-laws over tonight under the guise of beef potpie and Belgian beer. I will stuff them full then demand tribute in the form of boat moving. Can you imagine? She might end up in a proper work space for the first time in her life.