Most here seem to have the basics of flag etiquette down - flag of origin at the stern or superior on the starboard halyard
. (A side note..in Canada
, a Canadian registered vessel is not required to fly the Canadian flag while in Canadian waters). If visiting a foreign country, that country's flag to be flow on the starboard halyard
, superior to all other flags
EXCEPT flag of origin, if flown on that halyard.
After that the rules are: all heraldic flags are superior to burgees, pennants etc, with national flags being superior to provincial or state which are superior to town. The exception is a flag officers pennant, which would only fly inferior to a courtesy flag and the flag of origin.
Up on the BC coast, it is not uncommon to see flags of the countries of the crew flown. These should be inferior to flag of origin, courtesy flag and flag officer pennant, and should be flown in alphabetical order. Example - on our boat my wife's Scottish flag is flown superior to my Welsh flag...and don't think she doesn't like that!! :-)
Then your burgees and inferior to all else, the gimmick flags - cocktail, boat type, jolly roger etc.
The size of your flag of origin, by courtesy, is 1 inch of fly for every foot of boat. Superior flags should be no smaller than those inferior to them.