Some Of Our Most Popular Grand Prix Cores
D12 Max 99
Super pre-stretched and manufactured using bio-based Dyneema SK99 for guaranteed quality, the highest strength and minimal creep.
D12 Max 78
Super pre-stretched and manufactured using bio-based Dyneema SK78 for, the high strength and low creep and guaranteed quality.
Lightweight and high strength, single braid bio-based Dyneema SK99, with tough ArmourCoat finish. Excellent for lashings and wire replacement.
Use where zero creep is essential and UV exposure can be managed in non weight-critical applications such as halyards, steering systems and strops.
MGP Core Technology
Marlow’s Grand Prix Series offers a range of core options using Dyneema®, Vectran® and Zylon® (PBO). Each material has its own particular strengths and weaknesses.
Dyneema® offers by far the best strength to weight ratio of any material used in rope manufacture and is the material of choice for high performance cores. At Marlow we offer a range of Dyneema® cores to suit strength and handling preferences as well as budget.
Dyneema® is an Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) and is available in a number of different grades. All grades of Dyneema® have excellent fatigue resistance (cyclic bending), UV resistance and abrasion resistance, but have poor heat resistance due to a relatively low melting point.
- SK78 is now the standard material offering very high strength but significantly improved creep characteristics over its predecessor SK75 or equivalents.
- SK99 is the very latest Dyneema® material. It offers exceptional strength (some 20% higher than SK78) and is unmatched in terms of strength to weight ratio.
- DM20 has slightly lower tenacity than SK78, but has one major advantage in that it exhibits virtually zero creep, which can often have a negative effect on a rope’s performance and strength, at high loads for an extended period.
Vectran® (LCP) has the best creep performance of any synthetic fibre and can offer improved resistance to heat compared to the UHMPE family, but is far heavier.
Zylon® (PBO) offers unrivalled strength/diameter performance coupled with exceptional resistance to heat and ultra-low elongation. However, PBO is very susceptible to UV degradation.
Pre-stretching and Marlow Max Technology
Every Marlow Dyneema® core is pre-stretched to reduce “bedding in” elongation, limit the amount of elastic elongation and improve rope strength. We have been pre-stretching Dyneema® cores for over 30 years and that experience means we know exactly how to improve the rope’s performance without compromising flexibility or damaging the fibre.
Marlow’s MAX Technology uses a precisely controlled process to take Dyneema® to the limits of heat and load during Pre-Stretching. Introduced to offer the ultimate in strength realization from the fibre and to minimize elastic and “bedding-in” elongation, MAX ropes are stiffer than standard pre-stretched cores
Some Of Our Most Popular Grand Prix Covers
MGP Tech 50
Technora and Polyester blend is the Grand Prix workhorse. Great heat and abrasion resistance and a perfect balance between grip and easing on winches.
MGP P-Tech 50
PBO and Technora blend offers excellent heat resistance in high load, high temperatures applications. Winch easing properties of PBO but with improved grip.
MGP PBO 100
100% PBO has outstanding heat and abrasion resistance properties for high load, high temperature applications where winch easing is of particular importance.
Snakeskin pattern allows easy end-to-end splicing with no diameter increase for continuous furler systems.
MGP Cover Technology
The interaction between core, cover and deck gear are fundamental elements of a rope’s performance. The Grand Prix Series blends technical materials to impart application specific properties to the cover.
The properties of different materials will have a varying impact on the interaction between rope & deck gear, by blending different materials in different ratios we are able to best utilize these material properties to produce the perfect rope performance.
Grand Prix Series covers can be specifically and uniquely customised to particular requirements using different material blend ratios and blends of 3 or even 4 materials.
All Grand Prix Series ropes are fully customisable. Different cover constructions have different properties and performance characteristics.
24 plait – thicker cover, offers excellent grip, good durability and flexibility. Easy to splice with all core configurations and is the standard cover construction for most running rigging applications
32 plait – thinner cover, smooth running through blocks and sheaves. Often used when a larger core is needed for strength without increasing diameter, but is more technical and time consuming to splice
than 24 plait.
48 plait – very thin cover, very smooth and easily expandable. Normally made with Dyneema® offering outstanding resistance to abrasion so used for chafe gear and covers for loops and lashings. Also used for standing rigging overbraids.