I cleaned up the Kubota and fabbed the platform. Through a combination of Ebay and local scrap purchases I was able to cut out all the parts needed for the generator platform. A local welder (Randy/Gredvig Fabrication 503-642-2336) welded it all up for a very reasonable price. Here you can see most of the major parts placed where they will belong.
Over the next couple of weeks I should be able to start assembling the generator, and I am sure additional 'costs' will come into play as I discover that "one more" needed small part :-)
We have a rear hatch on Viking Star leading into the aft state room. On many such boats this hatch is a couple of nicely varnished swinging doors to allow for easy access from the aft stateroom to the aft deck. I am going a different route. Borrowing the Drop Board idea from Sail boards, I am installing three drop boards. Reason?
1) We are unlikely to use this access except for emergency egress: The bottom of the hatch is a bit over waist level when standing in the aft stateroom.
2) Drop boards will be stronger in the case of following seas. Maybe even keep the rain out a bit better.
3) We can remove a part of them for ventilation. Even have some idea of being able to replace the lowest one with a small window AC!
One of the known issues with Viking Star when I purchased her was that the Lazaret framing needed to be replaced. So, have crafted new framing out of 5x8 Doug Fir stock. Here is a photo towards the end.
I also added a couple of cross frames near the outside edges. These will be used to install a couple of aft cleats (which for some reason never existed???)