I had attached a pic of my front wrinkle and don't feel so bad that my myself and a 14 year old weren't able to get it wrinkle free either!
As for drilling holes and stretching, I think that I had to. I talked Willard and Wing and it turns out that they changed the bolt pattern on the hull sometime 97/98 (I have a 94 hull and separately purchased 99 tubes). I wish it had only taken me 2 1/2 hours!
3 separate ratchets to get it tight and still 1 1/2 inches short!
Thanks for the info on mounting to the deck. Because I'm keeping the i/o, I think I'll need to figure out how to deck mount outside of that easily accessable middle 1/3 because I still need to be able to flip up the console to access the engine.
If I had the money (an extra $20,000!), I'd consider switching to outboards. The increase in the performance would be worth it! But I'll just have to live with 30 mph (in almost any sea state) and the cost savings of diesel (~4mpg). I'll be dreaming of the ob conversion, someday!