is a combination of law, good manners and tradition. Being ill-informed
of your obligations could lead you to cause insult at home or abroad by
giving a signal you do not intend to give, or could lead you to a fine
for breaking the law" RYA official Website
Ensigns - these are flags
allocated the most senior position at the back of the boat and will
denote the nationality of the vessel - UK boats should wear the Red Ensign unless entitled to wear a Special Ensign.
Courtesy Flags -
these are flown by visiting boats in foreign waters as a sign of
respect.They are flown on single masted vessels from the starboard
spreaders along with any signalling flags. On a multi-masted vessel they
are customarily worn at the foremasthead, or from the jackstaff of
vessels without masts. The only flag allowed to be flown above a Courtesy Flag is the Burgee which should be on the masthead
The flagstaffs are available in different styles and lengths.
Click here for our guide to choosing the right sized flag