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To quickly spot your boat

Is there such a thing to attach to the very top of your mast, ( a colorful something) that won't get caught up in the lines....to quickly see your moored boat from land?
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A burgee can be mounted on a pigstick at the masthead and hoisted up by a dedicated flag halyard. We frequently fly a small Yacht Ensign from our mizzen - however, due to the ketch rig, our boat is easily identified in a mooring field anyway.


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Thanks for your suggestion...much appreciated!
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One thing I've do with my boat is added some retro-reflective tape to the mast. This makes identifying it at night much easier. My boat tends to stand out since it is a multihull...
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Debz,

My son bought a hughe Pirates flag in the Caribbean once. There is no way I will sail with that because its illegal, but while moored, and we are in Pirate treasure hunt mode, I rig an old fishing rod to a halyard as shown in the drawing, leaving at least 2 feet between the 2 knots. I then get a second line to keep the rod's butt down, (and to bring it down later) and pull the halyard as tight as possible.

The flag is attached to the pole. Simple, and easy. The pole is not exactly vertical, but does the job pretty easy. If you have questions ask.




I also use this method to fish Halyards that went up the mast, using my hook stick (I don't know the name for it in English), I hoist the hook, and once near the halyard I roll it around and pull down...a lot of trial and error, but works, doesn't it Val?? (G)
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Love it...excellent idea!
Thank you so much.
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Perhaps a spray of yellow paint at the masthead.
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A sign on the transom stating, "Free Beer-Help Yourself". You will then be able to just follow the crowd at any hour of the day or night. You may even find that you no longer need the expense of your own dingy, what with the "launch service" to your boat. (g)
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You could also set it on fire. Easier to find. Smaller line up. Same result.
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Reflective tape works well!

I put a 2" wide band of yellow reflective tape on the top of my mast. its easy to spot and very easy at night with flashlight or reflected from anchor light.
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