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Re: Courtesy Flags

Originally Posted by rgscpat View Post
Chapman's of course has lots of material on flags.

While the proper use of burgees is a matter of tradition and etiquette, the Q and courtesy flags are a more serious matter.
Not trying to split hairs but I am not aware of any formal requirement for pleasure vessels to fly flags or even maintain a flag other than as a visual distress signal.

Last time I re-entered US waters I read the CBP reporting criteria and there was no flag flying requirement, there was a requirement to report with the vessel at specified locations.

Again, not being argumentative but if I am wrong I am always open to learning something new.
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