Got a PM from Cory Anderson of Evolution Covers yesterday. Cory worked for Rankin for many years and understands my cover very well. Cory explained that the straps should go straight down to the boat to avoid buckling or puckering in the cover. He confirmed that the cover came with some clips to be mounted to the boat when it was new (also confirmed from the guy that sold me the used cover).
Cory spent probably 15 minutes on the phone with me talking about the cover. During the conversation I mentioned that the straps were shot and that I would need to sew new straps on the cover. He offered to send me the straps and thread at no cost! This is super cool, I have never bought anything from Cory and he offers to send me stuff for free. Even if it's only $2 worth of stuff this is still super cool of Cory.
If anybody is looking for a new cover, definately give Cory a shout. His covers look great www.evolutioncovers.com