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Flags, Flagstaffs and Flagpole Holders

"Flag etiquette 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 of different styles and lengths are available.


Here at Compass Marine we have a set of fine quality, printed Signal Flags and budget Printed Signal Flag Bunting. Also a range of high quality printed Courtesy Flags, Novelty Flags and Ensigns both printed and all sewn.
Printed Ensigns will fly better in light winds whilst Sewn Ensigns will last longer.


FlagstaffsOur Flagstaffs fit in a 19mm or 25mm socket and are available various sizes and styles to suit all craft and all budgets!

Flagpole Holders

Flagpole Holders

We have a choice of two types of Flagpole Holders. One can be fitted to the rail, the other can be screwed to the deck.