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.