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Old 05-19-2016, 12:30 AM   #21
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I'm sure this is against rules, but we sailed our new (to us) boat out of Newport, Rhode Island on our first great adventure. We properly changed the hailing port to Yankton, South Dakota, but we still fly one of these from the standard on the transom. Sentimental reasons for the boat and us.



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Old 05-19-2016, 06:53 AM   #22
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The Gadsten flag is great , we have then as stickers on the hull by the name.

Our "not proper" flag display on LUCY is a comissioning pennant , (stars field no stripes) flown from a bow whip.

With our low air height the whip is the measure of weather we can get under a bridge and keep the exhaust from being swept.

As an EX USN boat , not a ship , we feel the boat has earned the pennant in her retirement..

And so far no one has called us on the display.

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Old 05-19-2016, 08:25 AM   #23
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Favorite flag; but I don't fly it enough.
You only like it because it's yellow.

I do not like flags on my boat. Don't like fooling with them. Don't like their looks. Don't have the appreciation for them some do. Just don't get it. They're new only the first time flown. From that day forward it's downhill. I know it's just one of those personal things. Have no problems with those of you who do or those who have a flag for every moment and mood.

Here is the Power Squadron's page on flags.

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We fly only the flags we're legally required to fly. That is primarily the quarantine flag and then the flag of the country we're visiting and have been cleared into. Have no personal flag, don't fly a yacht club flag. No flags for our foreign guests. Just not into it. Have a friend who must own every flag ever known to mankind.

And for the record I don't fly a Halloween flag or butterfly flag or Easter flag or anchor flag or watermelon flag at home either, although the same friend who flies so many on his boat also has at least a couple of hundred always changing at his house. It's his thing, sort of cool to wonder what today's flag will be.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:54 AM   #24
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No national flag of registry?
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:56 AM   #25
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On the charter boat, the only flags I fly are the two diver down flags, required by law when divers are in the water. Probably pointless as most boaters don't know or remember what they mean.

On the trawler it's just the Stars & Stripes off the stern rail. Someone has to remind the Canadian snow birds what country Florida is in.

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Old 05-19-2016, 09:19 AM   #26
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No national flag of registry?
Yes, stern. In most situations.
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:17 AM   #27
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US Flag on the stern and YC burgee on the bow. Need the burgee when using our clubs facilities or those of recipricol clubs.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:28 PM   #28
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I fly this day and night while aboard. No light at night.
When it gets at all tattered I replace it.
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"Probably pointless as most boaters don't know or remember what they mean."

They are probably pointless as so many boats fly them all the time, even underway at 20K.

They think the divers flag means "were divers too!" aren't we great.
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A good and thorough reference:
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I fly this day and night while aboard. No light at night.
When it gets at all tattered I replace it.
You wee rebel you!
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Here's our regulation inch per foot LOA flag.Looks a bit over size sometimes.
But what the heck it looks silly on my car.
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Yes, I can't see putting a four and a half foot flag on my stern. Three feet looks fine.
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Yes, I can't see putting a four and a half foot flag on my stern. Three feet looks fine.
I do have to laugh at those guidelines. How many 100' boats do you see with 8' flags and 150' with 12' flags? Above a certain size the inch per foot no longer makes sense.
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:00 AM   #35
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I fly this day and night while aboard. No light at night.
When it gets at all tattered I replace it.
So you ignore the etiquette that says to take it down at night? Oh, you rebel. The shame of it all. lol
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An extra sail?
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Greetings,
Mr. BB. "So you ignore the etiquette that says to take it down at night?" As I understand it, IF the flag is lit (illuminated at night) one can fly it 24/7.
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An extra sail?
More aerodynamic drag.
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Greetings,
Mr. BB. "So you ignore the etiquette that says to take it down at night?" As I understand it, IF the flag is lit (illuminated at night) one can fly it 24/7.
While all the boat flag etiquette sites do say remove it at night, you are correct that the actual US Flag Code does have an allowance for illumination.

Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset, although the Flag Code permits night time display "when a patriotic effect is desired" and the flag is illuminated
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