After three months of procrastinating (because honestly, we were scared to attempt to glue $1000 of product to our boat) ... The Plasteak has been installed. ???
How to install boat flooring in 10 easy steps:
Step 1: Do minimal research, and don't think anything through. Order your flooring from a place with no return policy, located as far away as possible. Remember: you want shipping & duties/taxes to cost as much as possible, so if you can, try to order it from another country.
Step 2: Realize neither of you have any idea how to install flooring. Also realize that if you do a shitty job then you might hate yourselves/devalue your boat. Pro tip: start to fall in love with your current floors. This will help you feel as guilty as possible about your purchase.
Step 3: Try to con a family member into storing the material for you. You want to inconvenience them as much as possible. Think basements, backyards, garages, etc... If you can convince a sibling (e.g. Jim Turl) to let you store your 72' of material in their car that's even better.
Step 4: Whenever you're listing boat projects, casually throw the floors in there, but make sure you have no intention of actually doing it. In fact, ideally you forget about it completely until you have less than 2 weeks prior to departure.
Step 5: Make a huge deal about starting the project, but don't actually start it for another few days. When you are finally ready, complete steps 6 & 7 as quickly as possible (e.g. in 4 hours).
Step 6: Make a paper template of your floor, lay it out on your beautiful slab of Plasteak and just GIVE ER. (See below).
Step 7: Watch a YouTube video on how to stick the stuff down. Carefully note that the chap in the video specifically says to use the expensive glue sparingly. Proceed to use as much glue as you can. (For example: if it says 1 container should cover 50 square feet, use it in the first 25).
Step 8: Leave. Come back the next day and act extremely surprised that the obscene amount of glue that you put down is not dry. Spend all day squeezing it all out and making a large mess.
Step 9: Realize you didn't think about how you were going to cut out the hatches. Be so exasperated at this point that you just grab your exacto knife and GO. Once you see how terrible it looks, just throw some metal trim around the edges and call it a day.
Step 10: When it's all said and done and you realize it actually looks pretty good, be as nonchalant as possible. When people ask questions or compliment the floors, just pretend it was no big deal and you knew exactly what you were doing the entire time.
Lots of people ask how we decided on this boat, and what we mean when we say "sorry, can't... working on the boat this weekend!". Making Frannie feel like home & getting her ready to blue water sail involved a few tweaks... If you're curious what those were, read on!
For those of you who have never purchased a boat: unless it's brand new - there will be things that need to be fixed (and then there will continue to be for ever and ever and ever... because boats are really just holes in the water into which you pour money). One of things that we loved about Frannie was the lack of such things... she has solid decks, no leaks (that we know of... knocking on wood right now), new sails & rigging, and a running engine. In a nutshell: we fixed the sink in the head, replaced the engine mounts & fuel filter, installed a new (higher amp) alternator, replaced the batteries & rewired the electrical system (which unfortunately involved making holes in some fibreglass), threw in a couple of solar panels, installed a new GPS & a new compass, cut out some shelves to make them more useful, and re-rigged the self-steering (thanks to Shop Pressure Drop). Read more below!