Could I change the topic a bit and return to "Flag Etiquette 1.0" for a second? Silly me, but this flag stuff is a pet peeve of mine.
Two weeks ago I was aboard "Intuition" in the Abacos. In the marina where we were tied up there were all sorts of boats, both big and small. Everyone seemed to have a different flag display. What bothered me the most was that in some cases the American flag was flown from the port side flag halyard. Heck, this is where your supposed to display your Sailnet burgee, or your pirate's flag, not your nation's symbol. In another case, the American flag was displayed below the Bahamian courtesy flag.
It is my understanding that outside the U.S., the port side flag halyard is used to display pennants and other non-governmental flags. The starboard halyard is used to display the courtesy flag of the country you're visiting. The American flag should be displayed toward the stern of the vessel, or at the least, abaft of all other flags. If I'm correct in this, why is it so difficult for some cruisers to display their flags correctly? This is pretty simple stuff.
I know that we now live in a self-indulgent society where "Do your own thing" defines much of our behavior. However, some things should still be universal, like flag etiquette used to be.
Thanks, I feel much better now!
Last edited by AlanBrown; 05-01-2008 at 10:15 AM.
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