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Flag staff length?

Hi All,

I've got the flag size down... 1" of fly for every foot of boat. Cool. But no one addresses how long the pole should be. A 20" X 30" flag on a 24" pole, or even a 30" means there is going to be material almost hanging on the stern. I've got a 30" pole now and think if I put a 20" X 30" flag on that pole, it will be too close to the stern. I'm thinking a 36" pole - to get it off the stern and let it fly freely without touching any part of the stern.

I know flag edicate can be a beat down subject, but what kind of pole length do you have for flag size?

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Re: Flag staff length?

Dave I know of no "rule" or "etiquette."

Just keep the flag out of the water that is a given.
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Re: Flag staff length?

Whatever gets her flying high and proud. Ideally, the flag should not drape onto whatever is below it, when the wind dies. However, that's not always practical and no one will criticize. Just do what you think looks best.
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Re: Flag staff length?

It also needs to be in proportion to the situation. An angled flagstaff might need to be longer, to keep the flag out of the water for example, than a more upright one. An eight foot flagstaff would look screwy on a 30' boat, but might be just right on Shamrock IV. It needs to look good, in balance with the boat. See what looks best, get lots of input from other people (they have to look at it - you're on the boat and don't see it the way they will have to) and you will end up getting it right.
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Re: Flag staff length?

Personally, I like big flags on boats - within a foot or two of the water when limp.
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Re: Flag staff length?

Just saw a boat flying what must be a 10ft x 30ft US flag from their topping lift at anchor. A must buy for holidays!
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Re: Flag staff length?

I think it looks good when the flag is about as big as the pole. Just make sure it doesn't touch the water.

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Re: Flag staff length?

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I think it looks good when the flag is about as big as the pole. Just make sure it doesn't touch the water.

No, no, no.. that's no good.

A flag-staff should be at least twice the length of the flag hoist so you can salute (dip) the Navy when they cruise past... without the flag getting wet.
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Re: Flag staff length?

The staff should be of great enough length that the drape of the bunting when not flying does not obscure the stern-light from any quarter. When we are traveling, we hoist our flag on the back-stay to a point about 1/3rd of the height of the main (although it should be 2/3rds).

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Re: Flag staff length?

Flags are not supposed to be flown at night - they should come down at sunset so there should be no conflict with nav lights.
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