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Melges 24 Backstay Systems

Melges 24 Backstay Systems

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APS will contact you with within one business day with a day-definite shipping date for your rigging order. All rigging orders are processed on a first come, first served basis and our shipping dates are determined by the current volume of orders in our Rigging Department. Please be aware that at the peak of our season (May - August), rigging times may exceed three business days.

For quicker navigation of our available options, you may choose from the list below or scroll through this page for all of our class legal Melges 24 rigging options:

Melges 24 Standing Backstay Melges 24 PBO Backstay
Melges 24 Backstay Control Line Melges 24 Backstay Cascade Hardware
Melges 24 Lower Backstay Leg Melges 24 Backstay Fine Tune Hardware
Melges 24 Backstay Flicker





Melges 24 Powdercoated Backstay Flicker by RBS

Melges 24 Powdercoated Backstay Flicker by RBS

RBS Melges 24 Powdercoated Backstay Flicker
Dimensions: 15mm x 120 cm: not-tapered

Offered in response to sailors' concerns about the longevity of their backstay flickers. These powdercoated versions offer greatly improved longevity by preventing UV damage to the epoxy and e-glass inside. The new flickers are projected to have three times the lifespan of the non powdercoated versions. They are supplied undrilled so you are able to fit your own hardware as needed.

Please note, like any unidirectional material, when drilled, it’s crucial to drill from both sides to eliminate the potential for fiber blowout.



RBS004 Melges 24 Powdercoated Backstay Flicker Price: $36.54



Melges 24 Standing Backstay

Melges 24 Backstay
Diameter: 5/32"
Line Options:
Yale Ultrex 12 High Performance Dyneema SK-75/Polypropylene single braid; minimal stretch with zero water absorption
Samson AS-90High Performance100% Dyneema SK-90; 12% increase in strength, less elongation than SK-78; extremely high strength-to-weight ratio (stronger than wire)


Available with two options, Ultrex 12 and AS-90. Ultrex 12 is a Dyneema SK-75/polypropylene single braid that has minimal stretch. AS-90 is the top of the line, and is 12% stronger than SK-78. With zero stretch and less elongation under increasing loads, it makes for a great backstay.

Both are fitted with an eye splice at both ends with Ronstan Sailmaker's Thimbles fitted inside the splice for chafe protection.

M24612 Melges 24 Standing Backstay: AS-90 Price: $76.74



Melges 24 Lower Backstay Leg

Melges 24 Backstay Lower Leg
Diameter: 3/16"
Line Options:
Samson AmSteel Blue High Performance Dyneema SK-75; minimal stretch with zero water absorption


The backstay lower leg is made with eyes at either end, one luggage eye and one standard eye.

M24615 Melges 24 Lower Backstay Leg Amsteel Price: $39.75



Melges 24 Backstay Control Line

Melges 24 Backstay Control Line
Diameters: 1/4" (6mm)
Line Options:
Maffioli Swiftcord High Performance Dyneema SK-75/Cordura single braid; minimal stretch; zero water absorption; durable
New England Endura Braid High Performance Dyneema SK-75 core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover


The Melges 24 Backstay Control Line is fitted with an end whips on both dead ends for extended durability.

M24600 Melges 24 Backstay Control: Swiftcord Price: $40.60 M24601 Melges 24 Backstay Control: Endura Braid Price: $54.40



Melges 24 PBO Backstay

Melges 24 PBO Backstay

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Improved with a new braided cover that resists wear and makes top batten chafing a non issue. Pin on end to your mast crane, attach your backstay block to the other and you're ready to go racing.

These EasyRigging backstays give you the lightest weight (7.7 oz. including the block), less windage (3.2mm diameter), unmatched strength and no stretch. 380 inches long (9,650 mm). Backstay flicker block included.

ERM24101 Melges 24 Easy Rigging PBO Back Stay w/Block Price: $449.00



Melges 24 Backstay Flicker

Melges 24 Backstay Flicker Made exclusively for the Melges 24, the backstay flicker is untappered fiberglass. Made from original RBS flicker batten, it measures 15mm by 115cm.

For installation, it comes undrilled. We recommend using Red Thread Lock for the crane fasteners.




Melges 24 Backstay Cascade Hardware

Melges 24 Backstay Cascade Hardware Melges 24 Backstay Cascade Hardware

Part Number Description Use Quantity
WC65341 U-Bolt Mounted to stern, allows attachment for block 2
H304 Wire Single 1.5 Attaches to U-bolt, directs backstay cascade line 1
H304 Wire Single 1.5 Upper backstay turning block, attaches to standing backstay 1
H342 29mm Carbo Double Connects backstay cascade to fine tune 1


H304 Wire Single 1.5 Price: $53.24 H342 29mm Carbo Double Price: $38.68
WC65341 U-Bolt Watertight Black Price: $25.50



Melges 24 Backstay Fine Tune Hardware

Melges 24 Backstay Fine Tune Hardware Melges 24 Backstay Fine Tune

Part Number Description Use Quantity
H350 29mm Carbo Cheek Connection between cascade and fine tune 3
H349 29mm Single with Spring/Eye Directs lines to cam cleats 2
H150 with H424 Cam Cleat with Fairlead Adjustment for backstay control 2


H150 Cam-Matic Aluminum Cam Cleat, Standard Price: $31.99 H349 29mm Carbo Single w/Spring&Eye Price: $19.62
H350 29mm Carbo Cheek Price: $13.51 H424BK Flairlead Molded Cam Fairlead, Micro, Black Price: $5.32

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