Originally Posted by JimN
If the bumpers are thick and firm enough, they can actually add stress points.
I'm going to go through all the things mentioned this weekend and thanks for the responses.
I was curious about those bumpers causing stress, but I thought it might protect in a worst case scenario situation and then just make a habit of not raising the deck all the way up. However, I couldn't get the bumpers to stick to the gelcoat so I'm wondering if a bead of silicone will work just as well.
Regardless, I hope that I can find the source of the problem and not have to rely on anything else.