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hannah2 01-10-2013 12:40 PM

courtesy flags
 
I'm getting ready to order courtesy flags but not sure if I can use an English flag or a French flag on certain Caribbean Islands. Does anyone know the flag rules throughout the Caribbean.

Cheers

killarney_sailor 01-10-2013 12:55 PM

Re: courtesy flags
 
Search online for the correct flags. Most 'English' islands - Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, st Vincent and the Greanadines, Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis - are independent countries so have their own flags. There are still a few colonies like Anguilla, BVI, and Montserrat. They have a British ensign with their own coat of arms on it. Martinique, Guadeloupe, and St Martin are part of France so you use the tricolore.

Not sure where you are getting your flags. We have had good success using 12 x 18" desk flags, the kind with sticks. They will last for a month easily and only cost a bit more than $2 each - cheaper if you buy more than one for a country. You even get sticks that you can try to find a use for.

hannah2 01-10-2013 01:15 PM

Re: courtesy flags
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor (Post 973508)
Search online for the correct flags. Most 'English' islands - Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, st Vincent and the Greanadines, Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis - are independent countries so have their own flags. There are still a few colonies like Anguilla, BVI, and Montserrat. They have a British ensign with their own coat of arms on it. Martinique, Guadeloupe, and St Martin are part of France so you use the tricolore.

Not sure where you are getting your flags. We have had good success using 12 x 18" desk flags, the kind with sticks. They will last for a month easily and only cost a bit more than $2 each - cheaper if you buy more than one for a country. You even get sticks that you can try to find a use for.

Thanks for the info. How did you raise the stick flags? Did you just punch 2 holes in flag and tie them off before raising?

chef2sail 01-10-2013 01:21 PM

Re: courtesy flags
 
We put grommets in ours. Otherwise they tear and shred. You can buy a cheap on at ace hardware, homedepotlike this:

General® Grommet Tools Fastening Kit (71262) - Grommets & Grommet Tools - Ace Hardware

or buy this from Sailrite. We have this as we do our own canvas dodger, bimini, cover for the boat and this is easy for multiple uses

Pres-N-Snap Installation Tool

Dave

MarkofSeaLife 01-10-2013 02:44 PM

Re: courtesy flags
 
Hi I find it very important to buy the courtesy flag in the country I am going to.
It's always one of the first things I do... Clear in and go find a news agent with flags for sale. They are more than impressed when I go in and explain why I want their flag and get them to tell me why it looks as it does.

I always buy the cheap school kids flag on a stick... Never the marine grade flag. The Bahamas was a classic example the flag on a stick was $2 and right next to it was the marine grade courtesy flag for $22!!!!

I have never been hassled by customs for not having the flag up when I arrive, but on one occasion mentioned it to the officials, saying I could have bought it overseas and made someone else richer, or wait till I get to your country and buy your flag form one of your own people.

:)

To attach them to the flag halyard I just use a couple of slim cable ties. ;)




Mark

hannah2 01-10-2013 03:56 PM

Re: courtesy flags
 
Thank you all for the info and great ideas. I think we did it with the stick flags and grommets last time we sailed and it worked fine. The Caribbean has so many places to visit and many flags sure could cost a lot in flags. I like the the idea of buying a flag in port too.

Locals really like to see there flag flying on your boat when at anchorage or in port. Last time we were in the Pacific in the Marquesas I was flying the French flag which is OK. In one anchorage a village elder paddled out in his out rigger and gave us a Marquesan flag as a gift. We flew that flag in the Island from then on. The locals really commented on that and really liked it.

Thanks again.

killarney_sailor 01-11-2013 10:29 AM

Re: courtesy flags
 
With the stick flags we run a light line through the sleeve where the stick goes, then we put a few stitches through the flag and line. Not sure that you always could buy a flag conveniently where you check in. I think we bought from United States Flag Store, good selection nut there are still some you cannot get easily like Cook Islands and Montserrat. We bought some extra red and blue British ensigns and cut and pasted (well actually sewed) to make some flags.


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