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Re: Courtesy Flags
That's fine; I think it's good that we all have different experiences and knowledge and can compare both the on-the-books rules and their practical enforcement in different places. It seems that different countries (and sometimes different officials within a country) care about different things.
So, with regard to Q and the courtesy flag, there a be
(1) countries that don't care one little bit (USA),
(2) countries that regard it as more of a tradition or courtesy -- but might have individual officials who could get difficult if their "country's honor is not being respected" via courtesy flags,
(3) countries where at least the Q is a legal requirement and may at least in theory have fines or penalties for failure to comply UK).
And each port or country may have its pet peeves or requirements that they particularly focus upon, such as giving advance notice in the right manner, etc.