Sailors want environmentally friendly products

Marlow's Blue Ocean line is made from recycled yarn Marlow's Blue Ocean line is made from recycled yarn
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One of Marlow’s latest products is Excel R8 that combines the requirements of a dinghy line that has grip when used in ratchet blocks yet is easy to handle and splice.

The line has a low stretch Dyneema SK78 core and extreme abrasion resistance cover made from Technora and polyester blend, a mix, says marketing manager Emma Donovan, that has received first class reviews by many of elite sailing teams who have been trialling it.

Another new product from Marlow is its black Dyneema covered shockcord.

“Sailors wanted our standard, popular shockcord but with a cover that is able to handle high abrasion and also be slippery to run well through multiple fairleads and blocks, hence the use of Dyneema in the cover to ensure greater durability and address these requirements,” said Emma.

Eco yarns

One of the biggest trends Marlow is seeing is sailors looking for environmentally friendly products. The company has responded to this with its Blue Ocean Dockline.

“We have been buoyed by how well received this has been and are proud that this is a first in the industry,” explained Emma.

“We continue to develop new ways that this recycled yarn can be used and continue to perform tests.”

The company is working with eco ambassadors including Conrad Coleman with his environmentally sustainable Vendee Globe campaign who is using Blue Ocean in his spinnaker sheets.


The Clipper Race 2019-20 11 yacht fleet will also use Marlow’s Blue Ocean yarn for its main sheet covers in addition to making the Blue Ocean Dockline switch.

“Every week we are seeing the impact from the harm we are doing to our oceans, yet equally every week we are now seeing new innovations and initiatives that are helping to minimise or prevent the impact,” added Emma.

“We continue to strive forward in order to make rope-making and manufacturing more sustainable and to encourage the re-use, repurpose and recycle ethos that is central to how we operate.”

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