One thing I have discovered when planking is to always watch out for knots in the wooden strake's. The strake always breaks so easily at the knot and so is not recommended when planking long sections of the hull. What I find a little disconcerting is that I seem to coming across more of them than is normal. Planking along the bow of the hull is the most difficult. The strake has to not only follow one curve but two. So it is a good idea to make sure your strake's are good and soaked.