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Wow Ken, I didn't know anyone still used tubulars. Last time I used 'em, Hinault was still racing. Cool.
As for the firehose idea, what about installing (bedding) a wooden rubrail to the hull and then screwing the hose onto that?
There's no penetration of the glass to replace the hose that way. I would avoid using anything hard on the hose itself. Gels and resins will harden the fibers just like glass and cause them it to come apart in chunks. Something with a little more flexibility, like RV roof paint, might give you better UV protection and stay soft enough to flex when it...well...rubs on stuff.
Another option if you wanted to use rope would be to start with a wood rubrail again, but rout a cove down it's length to half of the rope's diameter. That way it's held securely, can't unravel, and is easily replaced. A V groove rather than a cove would let you use whatever size rope you could find when it came time to replace it. I think you'd want to round or flatten the bottom of the groove so it didn't split along that line after repeated impacts.
Just a thought...
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