Greg, I will be very curious to see what you come up with. I have the same dilemma in my '89 PS, not enough usable storage, and a small boat. I have thought about removing mycoaming pads too as they are starting to come apart as well. I do like the bungee cord net idea.
1989 ProStar 190 with "Safe T Top", 351 Ford, GT 40 heads painted Ford Blue, Elec. Ign, 1:1, 720 hours, 4 blade prop, PP 6.5, removable platform brackets, custom color from factory, hot water shower, Boat Buddy & LED lights on trailer
2010 D3 Z7, 2 @ 32 off, 34 mph so far