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01-10-2013 03:56 PM
jackdale
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ImASonOfaSailor View Post
i do not know the order of the flags. If there is a order ? I know tho starboard is for non serious flags!
A flag etiquette failure can get you into serious trouble. The courtesy flag (misnamed, it is required) and the Q flag are both flown from the starboard spreader.

Ensigns are flown from a transom mounted flag staff or from the leech of the aft most sail.

And size matters.

Boat flag etiquette
01-10-2013 01:59 PM
ImASonOfaSailor
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

Well my boat is in my back yard so i do not have to climb mast.. i do not know the order of the flags. If there is a order ? I know tho starboard is for non serious flags!

Thanks for all of the replies!
01-09-2013 08:35 AM
blutoyz
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

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Originally Posted by rgscpat View Post
Yep, I believe the Jolly Roger is the flag of greater dignity or precedence than the cocktail flag, so it would go above or to starboard. The tackier the flag, the lefter and lower it goes... I suppose the position of ultimate indignity or least precedence goes to oil-absorbing pads in the bilge.
Makes sense to me

Thanks
01-09-2013 02:48 AM
rgscpat
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

Yep, I believe the Jolly Roger is the flag of greater dignity or precedence than the cocktail flag, so it would go above or to starboard. The tackier the flag, the lefter and lower it goes... I suppose the position of ultimate indignity or least precedence goes to oil-absorbing pads in the bilge.
01-08-2013 01:37 PM
Summit_Elan
Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

Yeah, shockt, the yard will not like that. If its still there when I splash in April, I'll try going aloft.
01-08-2013 10:12 AM
blutoyz
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

Okay...
I have a flag line on my stbd spreader, my ensign will fly on it's own staff off the stern.

What order will I fly my jolly roger and cocktail flag off the spreader then? Does the Jolly roger take precedence over the cocktail flag?
01-08-2013 01:14 AM
SchockT
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

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Originally Posted by Summit_Elan View Post
Related to this, Clue's little flag halyard is wrapped around the sheave (pulley) on the spreader... Short of bumming a lift from a passing bucket truck, any ideas in how to free the halyard? There is a worn out flag at the top that would make the captain of the black pearl wince. The boat (psc31) is on the hard . Would the spreader support a 40' extension ladder? It's a few feet out from the mast and I don't think I can reach from a bisun's chair.. Ideas?

Thanks,

Elsn
You should be able to swing out to your shrouds on a bosuns chair, although most boat yards around here aren't big on people going up their masts when the boat is on the stands.
01-07-2013 10:39 PM
Summit_Elan
Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

Related to this, Clue's little flag halyard is wrapped around the sheave (pulley) on the spreader... Short of bumming a lift from a passing bucket truck, any ideas in how to free the halyard? There is a worn out flag at the top that would make the captain of the black pearl wince. The boat (psc31) is on the hard . Would the spreader support a 40' extension ladder? It's a few feet out from the mast and I don't think I can reach from a bisun's chair.. Ideas?

Thanks,

Elsn
01-07-2013 12:27 PM
chip
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

I added a little block on my spreader to hoist a burgee. I thought about getting the kit shown above, but the cleat is metal, and someone pointed out that I should probably avoid that to eliminate the chance of corrosion from dissimilar metals. That seemed resonable, and the plastic one has worked just fine. I connect the burgee to the line with nylon sister clips, which make the flag easy to take on and off.

I have some pics here: Maintenance Results | Sailing Fortuitous

I also have those clips that SchockT linked to for my ensign, which I just clip onto the backstay.

In general, the ensign goes on the stern. A courtesy flag, burgee, or club rank flag go on the starboard spreader, in that order from top to bottom. The Power Squadron has a pretty detailed writeup on flag etiquette:

Flag and Etiquette Committee
01-07-2013 07:37 AM
smallboatlover
Re: Flying a Flag on Shrouds ?

i zip tie my american flag to the back stay might put up a flag pole this year but for not the back stay is a good enough place for it. I also put a flag up with the sail tied to the grommets in the sail. Im a real american always flying the flag
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