Expected Cost: $169.99
Extra Supplies: Stainless fasteners, tube of 3M 5200
Expected Time: Two hours
Actual Time: It seemed to never end for reasons disclosed below, but I'm calling it four hours.
Experience Told Me: Not all platforms are created equal. Tom chose a universal replacement platform that wouldn't be an exact fit but saved money and, with a little modification, would make a good-looking, serviceable replacement. In the rig he chose, the underside of the platform contacted the actuator of the starboard trim tab. We carefully modified the underside with a Dremel tool to gain clearance, only to have the platform again contact the ram as it began to sit more level. Ultimately, the amount of material that we removed with the Dremel uncovered the hollow interior of the molded poly step, but in that location it didn't detract from looks or durability. We made Tom's cost-cutting platform work.