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Boating Flag Etiquette

Whether you’re getting ready to be in a flotilla, or you just like to show your patriotism by displaying your country’s flag – it’s always a good idea to get a quick tutorial on flag etiquette, from the size flags you should purchase, to where they are displayed on the boat. Here are some guidelines to follow.

 

Choosing the right size flag – To show the proper respect for the flag, your boat’s flag should be roughly one inch in length for every foot in length of the boat, or the closest ready-made size. The flag staff should be twice the length of the vertical edge of the flag.

 

Where to place your flag –The country-of-origin flag should be flown from the stern of the boat.

 

When to fly the flag - Country flags are only flown from 8:00 am to sundown while the boat is under way or in use. When you return to the dock or boat landing the flag should be removed and stored.

 

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