New Powdercoated Epoxy Backstay Flickers!


Introducing, the first powdercoated, epoxy backstay flicker.  Using a unique, proprietary powdercoating technique, we’re able to utilize the strength and durability of our epoxy/e-glass material all while adding UV and environmental resistance.  A powdercoated backstay flicker will have three times the life span of a non-powdercoated piece.  Available in different widths and thicknesses at specified lengths for all boats.  They’re easily modified to fit a variety of hardware.  Email us or ask your sailmaker about the new RBS Powdercoated Epoxy Backstay Flicker!


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  1. Don Garber

    If this batten flicker were to be installed on a C&C 99, could the existing wire backstay be retained or would I have to replace the backstay with some kind of synthetic rope.

    • RBS

      Hi Don,

      The powdercoated backstay flicker is merely a replacement/upgrade for a traditional, non-powdercoated backstay flicker. You can use it just as you use a current flicker with a steel or dyneema backstay, et al. FYI, the backstay flickers don’t come equipped with any hardware or holes drilled, just the flicker itself.


      Team RBS

    • RBS

      Hi Wim,

      No, we currently only produce the flicker itself. The piece would come un-drilled, and entirely unmodified without any hardware of any kind.

  2. Tom P

    I have a Beneteau First 36.7. Flickers are now class legal. What would I need for parts & flicker to install. I do not have a flicker in place now. What is price?

    • RBS

      Hi Tom,

      We’d suggest either the E-PC15300/1700mm or the E-PC19350/1400 spec, depending on overall length needed. For pricing you’d have to contact us directly, or check with your local sailmaker.



  3. Peter

    Hi all,
    I´m sailing an Esse 850 with a large mast top extension.
    What is the best way to fix the backstay flicker (EPC19265/120NT) onto it.
    Do you recommend to drill holes, if yes which diameter and in which distance to each other?
    Or is it better just to clamp it on somehow?
    Thanks a lot for a brief response.


    • RBS

      Hi Peter,

      Whichever diameter holes you drill will be largely determined by the bolts and we tend to max out holes drilled in the 19mm battens at about 5/16″ (about 8mm), preferably closer to 1/4″ (6mm) and when drilling the backstay flicker, make sure to drill half way through, flip and then drill through the other side. With a unidirectional fiber, it can blow out if you drill all the way through. As for distance, it would be a case by case basis and without physically seeing the mast, it’s hard to say. As long as you can get two holes, and they’re not right on top of each other, it should be plenty enough to secure the flicker.


      Team RBS

    • RBS

      Hi Mike,

      It depends on where you are. There are quite a few sailmakers that either carry them, or can easily order them. Of course, you can use the contact form, or just email us at info at and we can quote and get one directly to you. For a Farr30, we’d suggest our E-PC15300/1700mm.

      All the best,

      Team RBS

  4. james little

    want to buy a backstay flicker, person said he bought a RBS 10200 batten.

    Does that number specify length and width?

    where did you get that block in your picture?

    how much and where can i buy?

    • RBS - Tyson

      We do not suggest using a 10mm batten for a flicker. A 10200 would be 10mm wide, .200″ thick and does not include the length. 15mm wide is as narrow as we’d suggest for a flicker, and subsequently the narrowest stock we have in our powder coated material.

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