Manilla Ropes


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Manilla is a natural fibre rope which has been in use for centuries in a huge range of applications, owing to its durability, flexibility, strength and resistance to water damage. Manila rope is made from naturally-occurring Manila hemp, derived from the leaves of the abacá plant – a particularly strong, tough natural fibre which grows plentifully across the Philippines.

Named because of the historical centre of production, Manila, capital of the Philippines, the Manila hemp rope available from Cavanagh Nets is still made there, drawing on the huge wealth of experience and expertise available in this traditional production centre.


Manila rope is a strong, tough, long-lasting natural fibre rope. A great all-round performer, it doesn’t sacrifice flexibility for strength, and won’t degrade when exposed to sea water, making it perfect for use in marine applications and intense saltwater exposure, like rigging and fishing nets – although it tends to shrink when wet, which may be either an advantage or disadvantage. Knots tied in wet Manilla rope will become much tighter and much less likely to slip or give; though they will also be harder to undo if necessary.

Manilla rope is particularly durable, and as the abacá plants from which it is made can be produced by farming, Manilla hemp is a much more environmentally friendly rope material than the Nylon and polymers used in synthetic ropes.


Sailing and Marine Use

As described above, Manilla rope is highly resistant to damage from salt water, making it an ideal choice for boating and marine use. Hardy and long-lasting, it can be depended on for any boating or sailing task! However, it is important to note that it has a tendency to shrink when wet, making knots tied with Manilla rope constrict somewhat in wet environments.

Swings and Outdoors

Ideal for use outside, Manilla rope lends itself well to use in swings and children’s playsets. Commonly used in rigging and military training areas, this hardy rope can withstand the elements well and is more than strong enough for use in rope swings, rope ladders and other environments.

Barrier Ropes

Barrier ropes are an excellent way to delineate off-limits areas or restrict access to an area without compromising on looks and adaptability. Easy to unhook and remove, these Manila rope barriers come with a variety of available fittings and hooks in a range of materials, including brass, chrome, black nickel and brushed chrome, making sure that your rope barriers can be made to fit any aesthetic.

If you are interested in our Manilla rope and you would like more information, you can get in touch with us by using the contact form on this site.

Sold in 220 Metre Coils.

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