This was a night and day difference. THANK you for your suggestions. I inflated it for about 48 hours, used soapy water, and used a rubber hammer to get the bow piece tucked in nicely. 3 of the pieces went in within seconds. The last I struggled with for about 2 minutes. Got out the oar, threw it under there and it snapped right in.
How did people live without the help of the internet? Anyway, thanks again.
Without starting another thread, does anyone have any suggestions on how to move the boat while in it's bag? I may get some low low dolly on wheels. I asked as I only dragged the bag maybe 3 feet and it's already tearing at the bottom.