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Marlow Ropes Ltd.

Ropemaker Park, Diplocks Way, BN27 3GU Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Telephone +44 1323 444444
Fax +44 1323 444455

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.05  Boat Building Materials / Maintenance
  • 03.05.06  Other Boat Building Materials

Other Boat Building Materials

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.05  Boat Building Materials / Maintenance
  • 03.05.19  Fixing Parts

Fixing Parts

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.05  Boat Building Materials / Maintenance
  • 03.05.26  Knives / Splicer / Multipurpose Tools

Knives / Splicer / Multipurpose Tools

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.04  Rigs / Rigging

Rigs / Rigging

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.05  Ropes / Wire Ropes / Cords
  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.08  Rig Accessories / Tools

Rig Accessories / Tools

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.09  Spring Hooks / Shackles

Spring Hooks / Shackles

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.12  Guide Tracks / Loops

Guide Tracks / Loops

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.16  Reefing Gear / Accessories

Reefing Gear / Accessories

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.10  Deck Equipment / Rig
  • 03.10.17  Mainsail Furling Systems

Mainsail Furling Systems

  • 03  Shipping / Yachting Equipment and Accessories
  • 03.11  Anchoring / Mooring / Shore Leave
  • 03.11.04  Mooring Lines / Ropes / Accessories
  • 04  Services
  • 04.03  Technical Services
  • 04.03.01  Repair Services / Refitting

Repair Services / Refitting

  • 09  Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing / Parasailing / Stand-Up Paddling
  • 09.01  Surfboards / Accessories
  • 09.01.02  Rigs / Masts / Booms

Rigs / Masts / Booms

Our products

Product category: Ropes / Wire Ropes / Cords, Mooring Lines / Ropes / Accessories


The BLUE OCEAN DOCKLINE, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles is exclusive to Marlow’s Mooring Series for 2019

  • AVAILABLE DIAMETERS: 12mm 14mm 16mm
  • CONSTRUCTION: 12 strand rPET yarn
  • COVER: 24 plait rPET yarn
  • APPLICATIONS: Mooring Lines
  • BENEFITS: Abrasion resistanceAbsorbs high shock loadsEasily splicedFlexibleGood elongationGood UV resistanceHigh strengthNo strength loss from waterZero water shrinkage
This eco-conscious Dockline is made from recycled yarn, whilst also being recyclable at the end of its life.  Available unspliced on reels and pre-spliced in 12-16mm diameters in lengths from 6m to 12m. 

The unique construction offers the same popular attributes as Marlow’s regular Dockline, including good abrasion resistance and shock absorption with soft and supple flexibility and zero strength loss or shrinkage.

Available in black or white silver, both with a distinguishable Blue Ocean fleck. *Please observe the unique colour differences of the white silver - the colour can be seen as both a light grey/silver and as white depending on the light*

To look after your premium eco-friendly Dockline:

Wash saltwater out of your Dockline once every month by soaking it in a bucket of freshwater to remove the build up of saly crystals which can cause internal abrasion.
When storing your Dockline, keep it out of the sun and correctly coiled to avoid any unnecessary twist being added to the rope.
Splice instead of knot. A well spliced rope retains 90% strength whereas a knot can reduce strength by up to 50%.

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Product category: Ropes / Wire Ropes / Cords, Mooring Lines / Ropes / Accessories


Offers all the benefits of the standard shockcord, however the Dyneema® cover offers greater durability with increased abrasion resistance and lower friction

  • AVAILABLE DIAMETERS: 4mm 5mm 6mm
  • CONSTRUCTION: 12-16 Plait Parallel Rubber Threads
  • APPLICATIONS: General PurposeShockcord
  • BENEFITS: Absorbs high shock loadsGood abrasion resistanceGood UV resistanceHigh elasticity 

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Product category: Ropes / Wire Ropes / Cords, Mooring Lines / Ropes / Accessories


This new rope within the Excel range compliments the existing fusion family of products, using a Dyneema® sk78  core but with an 8 plait cover, blended from Technora®  aramid and polyester

  • AVAILABLE DIAMETERS: 4mm 5mm 7mm 8mm
  • CONSTRUCTION: 12 Strand SK78 Colour-Matched Core
  • COVER: 8 Plait Technora/Polyester Blended Cover
  • APPLICATIONS: HalyardsSheetsSpinnaker HalyardsBENEFITS: Easy to taperExcellent cleat performanceExcellent gripFirm round rope aids handlingGood gripGood UV resistanceHard wearingHigh strengthImproved abrasion resistanceLow stretchSplicableVery good abrasion resistanceVery light weight
Available in 4mm and 5mm diameters where it excels as a halyard working on cleats, and 7mm and 8mm where it works as a high performance sheet performing well in ratchet blocks. 

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Product category: Ropes / Wire Ropes / Cords, Mooring Lines / Ropes / Accessories


Marlow's NEW Mini Spool Dispenser is a great point of sale display for till spaces and table-tops, available free of charge when purchased with 15 Excel Pro 2mm and 3mm mini-spool reels (mixed colours)

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About us

Company portrait

At Marlow Ropes we are always looking to the future with innovation and development However, we never forget our rich and proud heritage and whilst the name Marlow Ropes was originally used as recently as 1957, the story of the Company and the intertwined history of rope making in Hailsham goes back over 200 years.

Enjoy our 'Behind the Scenes’ Production Film which shows how our rope is made

In 1807 Thomas Burfield founded his rope company in Hailsham, East Sussex - the present day Marlow factory still manufactures rope on Burfield's original site. In those days however, Burfield made ropes from "soft" natural fibres, not only hemps imported from Europe and India but also Cannabis!

In 1830 George Green, an employee of Burfield's, left to set up a rival factory across town called Green Brothers, making similar products but servicing mainly local industry.

Later that century in 1881, George Hawkins and Alfred Tipson founded Hawkins and Tipson, manufacturing out of the Globe Rope Works in Millwall on the Isle of Dogs, London. Hawkins and Tipson made ropes mainly for the maritime industry from "hard" natural fibres such as manila and sisal.

Hawkins and Tipson went from strength to strength, rapidly expanding it's operations, thanks in part to a shortage of Manila fibre during the Spanish American war in 1898, which the Company foresaw and profited from.

In 1941 Hawkins and Tipson bought Green Brothers in Hailsham and 12 years later in 1953 they also bought Green Brothers main competitor, Burfield & Sons in Hailsham. The purpose of these acquisitions was to provide land and capacity for the ever expanding Hawkins and Tipson group.

At this time rope manufacture was still dominated by natural fibres such as hemp, manila and sisal. However, by early 1950's the "new" synthetic fibres of Nylon (polyamide) and Terylene (polyester) were becoming more widely used in industry and Hawkins and Tipson were among the first to realise their potential in rope making.

In 1957 Hawkins and Tipson started manufacturing and selling synthetic fibre ropes, made in Hailsham, to the yachting industry under the "Marlow" brand. These new nylon and polyester ropes were ideal for the demands of the re-emerging yachting industry which was just recovering after World War II. The success of the Marlow brand led to the founding of Marlow Ropes Ltd in 1961, as part of the ever expanding Hawkins and Tipson empire, with the express purpose of manufacturing synthetic fibre ropes for the yachting market..

During the 1960's Marlow Ropes very soon become internationally known in the yachting industry and leaders in the field. Yachtsmen around the world replaced their traditional 3 strand hemp ropes with braided nylon and polyester ropes manufactured by Marlow in Hailsham.

The 1970's, saw Marlow Ropes (now the synthetic fibre arm of Hawkins and Tipson) moving from strength to strength, further asserting it's dominance in the yachting industry with innovative products such as Marlowbraid. However, it also extended its operations into polyester ropes and slings for civil engineering projects and other general lifting work for land and marine use.

As the use of natural fibres declined in the heavy marine industry, Marlow, who also extruded their own raw materials in Hailsham, grew in it's reach and product portfolio. They soon became the dominant company within the group and by 1983 Hawkins and Tipson (now under new ownership) was restructured, becoming known as H&T Marlow and subsequently simply Marlow Ropes Ltd.

Marlow Ropes continued to lead the way in technical innovation and together with further expansion in the 1990's the Company re-affirmed it's position as one of the dominant forces in rope manufacture world wide. The Marlow brand was renowned and respected in markets around the world from yachting ropes to military ropes and commercial mooring ropes to deep sea tethers for oil platforms.

By 2003, after a number of acquisitions, Marlow Ropes was a world leader in the design and manufacture of deep water tethers and mooring points for the oil industry as well as continuing to be the most globally recognised rope brand in the yachting industry. The Company was manufacturing on three sites in the UK and also in southern Germany.

At the end of 2005 however, the Company was split up and sold off to separate buyers, with the Marlow Cordage Division being bought by the owner of Marlow's one time UK competitor, English Braids, who also retained the name Marlow Ropes Ltd.

After a period of growth which consolidated their position as the world's premier manufacturer of performance yacht ropes, in 2013 Marlow expanded into the USA and opened a sales and distribution office in Plymouth, Massachusetts - Marlow Ropes, Inc.. Ironically, Marlow's US office is based in the old buildings of the Plymouth Cordage Company, which until 1964 was itself one of the largest rope works in the world.

Today, Marlow Ropes continues to manufacture quality British ropes in a new factory on the same site as Thomas Burfield over 200 years ago. Times have changed however and today Marlow specialises in the design and manufacture of technically innovative rope products using the very latest hi-tech and exotic man made fibres.

One thing hasn't changed though, Marlow Ropes' reputation for quality and technical innovation continues in the 21st Century and the Company continues to forge a path of progress and growth in the markets in which it operates.