I did a complete install on my former TriStar including the engine box and side panels. It was my first time doing something like this but I worked slow and steady and followed the "measure twice, trim once" approach. All I used were a hand-held clothes steamer for the foam, a hair dryer to soften up the vinyl as needed, and an electric staple gun. Once it was all done several people told me that it looked like a pro job.
Just this past week I installed the rear seat and bow seats in my X5 which I will be selling come spring. Those took a couple hours total.
With both boats I had the skins done locally. By stripping and reinstalling myself I likely saved $1000.
(I had the observer's seat on the X5 done two seasons ago by CopyCat Covers. Great job, but lousy customer service and communication.)
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." (Henry Louis Mencken)
2005 X2, Viper Red, MCX, OJ TZ-X5 prop, PPass, rear 750 sacs, KGB, IBS, Bennett Wake Plate, custom wake gate
(previous) 2001 X5, 1991 TriStar 190