Hey, Rog, hope I'm not beating you to the punch
Per advice from Roger, I wrapped mine with black seatbelt webbing (40' for $7 on ebay), glued it on with contact cement ($8 from Ace hardware), and wrapped the ends in black duct tape (gotta redo that every 5-6 trips). It is quiet, smooth, and easily repairable/replaceable. Never putting rope on mine again.
Just have to make sure you tighten down your oarlocks for a better fit/fewer pop-outs.
I live in Minturn, so if you wanna come through and have me do it for you, I'm more than willing for cash/beer/spots on a permit/etc...