Originally Posted by hellosailor
John, if one wanted to fly the flag from the mainsail leech (on a sloop) is it just tacked on and left to fly from the angled leech? Or is there any way to try making the fly fly straight, i.e. adding in a triangle of cloth between the two so that the flag flies "straight" ?
Right from the leech. It will fly at a slight angle, but if that's a concern you could run the lower part of the flag halyard forward on the boom until it is vertical. The pronlem there is that you probably won't be able to tension the flag halyard completely if it's on the leeward side. I'm trying to attach an image that shows this, using a painting of a gaff-rigged boat (the yacht AMERICA in fact).