You are right. The goal of this template was also to be used as an example (go to the Help tab and click the button load sample data to see it working) to see the RichWidgets in action. Unfortunately this made it a bit complex to use it as a template.
Nevertheless it is important that all your applications have a consistent look and feel and follow some usability guidelines so what I would suggest is that you take the template, modify its style to meet your company design, and simplify it so it can be used with less effort to create new applications.
You are also right about the inherent problem of the concept of templates and we will certainly take your feedback into account in the future.