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Flag Placement
Boat LOA Under 18’ 18’ - 24’ 24’ - 30’ 30’ - 36’ 36’ - 48’ 48’ - 60’ 60’ - 72’ 72’ - 100’ 100’ - 125’
Courtesy Flag 12” x 18” 12” x 18” 12” x 18 12” x 18” 12” x 18” 12” x 18” 2’ x 3’ 2’ x 3’ 3’ x 5’
Ensign 12” x 18” 16” x 24” 20” x 30 2’ x 3’ 30” x 48” 3’ x 5’ 5’ x 6’ 5’ x 6’ 6’ x 10’
Sizes shaded in blue are NOT standard size. Use smaller or larger flag size or you may custom order your flag.
    The rules for Power Yachts

    Numbers refer to locations on diagram above

  1. National ensign - size: one inch on the fly (length) for every foot of LOA.
  2. Burgee-size: 5/8 inch fly for every foot of LOA
  3. Private signal-size:5/8 inch fly for every foot of LOA
  4. Courtesy flag or second club-size:5/8 inch fly for every foot of LOA
  5. Ornamental whimsy-size: 5/8 inch fly for everyfoot of LOA
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    The rules for Sailing Yachts

    Numbers refer to locations on diagram above

  1. National ensign - size: one inch on the fly (length) for every foot of LOA.
  2. Burgee-size: 1/2 inch fly for every foot of LOA
  3. Private signal-size: 1/2 inch fly for every foot of LOA
  4. Courtesy flag or second club-size: 1/2 inch fly for every foot of LOA
  5. Ornamental whimsy-size: 1/2 inch fly for every foot of LOA

Sources: Chapman’s Piloting & Seamanship, 64th Ed. page 852; Nautical Etiquette & Customs, Lindsay Lord, page 59
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