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Question; where and how one flies any courtesy flags on f32? Txs, Ben
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Answer; starboard spreader flag halyard. Wlcm, T.
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Re: Courtesy Flags

If you have not got a flag halyard it seems acceptable to tie it to a shroud on the starboard side. As long as it is higher than your country flag.

I am pretty good at flying the right courtesy flag once I remember to swap it from the Q flag.

However although I have heard stories of people being fined for not flying one in 10 years liveaboard cruising I have yet to meet anyone who has.

Mind you not flying the Q flag is a more serious matter.
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Please forgive my cruising ignorance, but what is a courtesy flag? And what's the problem with "Q"?
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Please forgive my cruising ignorance, but what is a courtesy flag? And what's the problem with "Q"?
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A courtesy flag is the flag of the country that you are visiting, usually flown off the starboard spreader AFTER you have cleared into the country.

The Q flag, also called the Quarantine flag, is flown off the starboard spreader when you enter foreign water but BEFORE you are cleared in through customs.

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so where are all these rules written for those of us who do not know?

very surprised I guess, that a courtesy flag would go above your own countries flag.
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Re: Courtesy Flags

On the subject of flags...scenario: a British captain in an American boat. Where should the Red Ensign be flown? I think half way up the backstay is acceptable, as is the starboard spreader (above the club burgee). Clearly off the flagpole would be unacceptable. Thoughts?
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Thank you all for your replies, but there is NO rigging on F32, NO spreaders either!
So question remains ....... ? B
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You fly your country flag at the stern of the boat.
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