That makes me feel better! Did you lace it according to hobie or the company that made it?
I don't remember exactly but I think I may have done the double zig-zag pattern that they suggested the first time I tightened it up. I don't remember the specifics. I loosened the lacing last winter so this past summer I had to re tighten the lacing. That time I think I just did the basic pattern. I don't think it really matters either way.
Lace it up to medium tightness at first, then go through and tighten it up again as tight as you can. Everyone has their own homemade tool that they swear by but I was able to do just fine on my own wearing my sailing gloves.
Oh and use a ratchet strap or mainsheet system to bow in the side bars. You'll find pictures of that somewhere on this forum.