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I like the hook-it style, kind auto body shops use, paper is 2 3/4" wide and you can get it in rolls or sheets. Dura-block sanding blocks you can get up to 48" and up to 4 1/2" wide.
I have never tried 4 1/2" wide sandpaper but lots of 2 3/4" and a 2' board would probably do a great finish. Dura blocks are fairly stiff but not like a piece of wood and you can purposely put pressure i the middle of the board or not just depends on the contour you want.
It is hard to beat hook n loop sand paper, use it for a bit switch to finer and back no problem, with the adhesive paper you throw it away use it for hand sanding. We use to use the clamp style sandpaper but those suck.
Did the pros use 4 1/2 sandpaper?
Here is what they used, copied from the Jamestown Distributors catalog.
The Rigid fairing board is often be used for large flat areas such as freeboard and deck areas. The Flexible fairing board is best for concave and convex curved areas such as hulls.
"The 3M Marine Hookit Fairing Longboards utilize 4-1/2" x 30" 3M Hookit Abrasive Sheets. 3M Imperial Stikit Abrasives 4-1/2" wide in roll form may also be used with these longboards.
For the bow pipe. I was bored one night so I drilled them