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Does anyone know where I might be able to buy one of these? I had an excellent 5' one which went missing the over the winter and I've since resorted to a West Marine version which just doesn't carry the burgee quite as high as it should be carried over the truck.
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Re: Pig Stick/Burgee Staff

Can't be too tough to rig your own with a piece of wood doweling?

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I'm sure it's doable but if possible I'd rather buy one of good quality than spend the time making something that I wouldn't be terribly confident in.
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OK then... seen this?

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Re: Pig Stick/Burgee Staff

Can't help with where to buy the best stick!
Related question: Is it 'taboo' to put the burgee on the backstay? I use some inexpensive clips made for this. Thanks, Bob
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OK then... seen this?

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Related question: Is it 'taboo' to put the burgee on the backstay? I use some inexpensive clips made for this. Thanks, Bob
I'd consult your club's protocol. Most reputable clubs subscribe to the notion that the burgee should only be flown at the truck and many people seem to be of the impression that a spreader is an appropriate substitute but I wouldn't put myself in that camp.
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Where's the "truck?"
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Re: Pig Stick/Burgee Staff

The truck is at the top of the mast. A yacht club can technically define when their burgee is flown, but not where. The truck and spreader halyard are both acceptable, along with the bow for a stinkpotter.

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The spreader location is not accepted by most clubs. People do it because they're lazy and they need to show off their club affiliation but it's not usually a recognized practice. I don't know how much authority the Power Squadron has on issues of yacht club protocol. In most cases the clubs that established yacht routine as it exists today predate the Power Squadron by decades. A lot of clubs do spell out quite plainly what their preference is on flag etiquette and most members respect those traditions.
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Re: Pig Stick/Burgee Staff

As I said, its a technical etiquette issue. Clubs make whatever rules they like, but it doesn't make it technically compliant. There are many that can not possibly get a burgee to their mast head or have conflicts up there, like I do.


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