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Old 06-11-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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Ok, no other flag or other issues. Just a three part question. What is the boat length and what size National flag do you fly and what size courtesy flag do you fly.

Boat length=
National Flag=
Courtesy Flag=

And it's about what you actually fly, not what someone says you should.
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:55 PM   #2
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What do you mean by courtesy flag?
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:30 PM   #4
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What do you mean by courtesy flag?
Wifey B: Flag of other countries you enter, flown after clearing in.
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:49 PM   #5
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It's either 24" x 36" or 30" x 48". Can't remember.
Standard size you find at most marine stores.
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Flag size should be 1" in length for every 1' of boat length. I think I remember reading this in Chapan's


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Whatever, my US flag is perfectly sized.



Three feet versus 36 feet.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:53 AM   #10
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Nothing looks more ridiculous than a too small American flag on a boat! 1" for every foot of length is correct.

Not sure about the courtesy flag size but we often see vessels flying a "courtesy" flag when not needed, i.e. a US flagged boat sailing in RI with a German courtesy flag flying all summer...nothing says "Twinkie" quite as effectively in my ever so humble opinion...
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:17 AM   #11
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The properly flown courtesy flag is your signal to the country you are visiting ,

1. You are not at WAR with them

2. You have cleared customs and immigration .

Before clearing into the country the Yellow Q ( quarantine ) flag is required.
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We try to stay close to the suggested 1" of fly for every 1' of boat so we our US flag measures 36" on the fly.
No courtesy flag as we are in US waters.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:18 AM   #14
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Nothing looks more ridiculous than a too small American flag on a boat! 1" for every foot of length is correct.

Not sure about the courtesy flag size but we often see vessels flying a "courtesy" flag when not needed, i.e. a US flagged boat sailing in RI with a German courtesy flag flying all summer...nothing says "Twinkie" quite as effectively in my ever so humble opinion...
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Wifey B: 1" works up to a certain size. Doesn't work for 80' and really doesn't for say 120'. It would be more like a sail at 10' long.

Actually the German flag you're referring to may be a foreign guest flag.
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When a foreign guest is aboard, you may display the ensign of the guest's country from the bow staff or outboard port spreader. Should more than one such guest flag be appropriate, wear them on spreader halyards from port to starboard in the alphabetical order of their countries' names in the English language.
Makes no sense to me and just confuses things. We don't do it. Don't personally know anyone who does. I'm just picturing someone now with flags for seven or eight countries flying.

But back to what people here are really flying.
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According to Chapmans, the "fly" (length) should be 1" for every foot of boat length. Size DOWN, not up, if your boat is longer than than available flag sizes....Iow, a 39' boat would fly a 36" flag, not a 42".
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According to Chapmans, the "fly" (length) should be 1" for every foot of boat length. Size DOWN, not up, if your boat is longer than than available flag sizes....Iow, a 39' boat would fly a 36" flag, not a 42".
Wifey B: I know what Chapman's says but it's not realistic for larger boats, in my opinion. That's why I asked what people are actually doing.

Where are people buying their flags would be my other question?
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Ok, no other flag or other issues. Just a three part question. What is the boat length and what size National flag do you fly and what size courtesy flag do you fly.

Boat length=
National Flag=
Courtesy Flag=

And it's about what you actually fly, not what someone says you should.
43' boat length.
National flag is 3'x5'
No courtesy fall atm

Pretty hard to keep a thread from drifting isn't it.
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Where are people buying their flags would be my other question?

Have you tried googling "US flags?" I turned up a bunch of sources that offer good quality embroidered flags made in America for reasonable prices. I didn't check for largest sizes available. Try Amazon first.
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