So....in my rush to start doing something new (installing new wood is a lot more fun and rewarding than sanding wood I've already installed), I sort of jumped the gun and got a handful of bottom planks installed without back-beveling a caulking seam where the garboard lapstrake plank meets the chine.
The plans called for me to plane the bottom of the plank and the chine flush and flat (it's a flat-bottom skiff), and then to cut a slight bevel in the plank only to allow a thin piece of cotton caulking to be installed after the cross-planked bottom is complete. The bottom planks get a bead of LifeCaulk between planks and between the plank ends and the chines.
Question: How screwed am I? Is the cotton caulking necessary, or will the LifeCaulk coupled with a half-dozen coats of primer/paint do the trick? Should I remove the planks I've already installed and cut the bevel? Should I leave them on, but add the bevel for the remaining bottom planks? Or should I install the remaining planks just like the ones I've already done and disregard the cotton caulking?
As usual, thanks in advance for your input. Wouldn't have made it this far with the assistance I've gotten here.