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Old 30-07-2015, 12:34   #16
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Re: Flags in Carribean area

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(I should also mention, that our Antigua flag looked a bit too much like Lisa Simpson's head...but who looking that closely anyway?)

I was crew and navigator, so I took on this responsibility. The owner keeps those home made flags to this day as a treasured momento of the trip.
I had a problem to buy a Cyprus flag in Italy so as mentioned above I did it by my self but after few weeks it looked like French flag

I am gonna move to Carribean in 3 months so I will prepare corectly
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Old 30-07-2015, 13:31   #17
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Re: Flags in Carribean area

We buy the good courtesy flags from Landfall Navigation and they last for many years.
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Old 30-07-2015, 14:49   #18
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TECHNICALLY you have to fly the flag along with the yellow Q flag "ON ARRIVAL". so technically buying them AFTER arrival don't cut it.
Got a reference to that? Because I don't think there is any such laws. The USA doesn't have such a law, nor does Australia...plus in practice most smaller countries would be delighted if you but a flag in their country than buying it elsewhere

My $2 flags last about 3 months.

Also, you could use your color printer and print a temporary one
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Old 30-07-2015, 15:04   #19
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Re: Flags in Carribean area

[QUOTE=MarkJ;1879744]Got a reference to that? Because I don't think there is any such laws. The USA doesn't have such a law, nor does Australia...plus in practice most smaller countries would be delighted if you but a flag in their country than buying it elsewhere
My $2 flags last about 3 months.


We were reprimanded once in Nicaragua and frowned at some other place down there, for not having both the Q and the courtesy flag up.
I was under the impression that as soon as you are in territorial waters you need to have the flags up.
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Got a reference to that? Because I don't think there is any such laws. The USA doesn't have such a law, nor does Australia...plus in practice most smaller countries would be delighted if you but a flag in their country than buying it elsewhere

My $2 flags last about 3 months.

Also, you could use your color printer and print a temporary one
It sounds right to me...yellow Q Quarantine flag until you pass through customs. Then you replace it with the courtesy flag, once you are "in". However, I don't think I've seen anyone do this besides me...when I was younger. The whole customs thing is often quite relaxed, especially when you have to walk through town to get to the customs house.
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Got a reference to that? Because I don't think there is any such laws. The USA doesn't have such a law, nor does Australia...plus in practice most smaller countries would be delighted if you but a flag in their country than buying it elsewhere
My $2 flags last about 3 months.


We were reprimanded once in Nicaragua and frowned at some other place down there, for not having both the Q and the courtesy flag up.
I was under the impression that as soon as you are in territorial waters you need to have the flags up.
Normally Q flag indicates that the vessel has not cleared in yet, Q is usually replaced by host country flag after clearing in. Local customs may vary of course, but this is pretty consistent.

Weve got a collection of shredded host country flags.
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Old 30-07-2015, 18:03   #22
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Normally Q flag indicates that the vessel has not cleared in yet, Q is usually replaced by host country flag after clearing in. Local customs may vary of course, but this is pretty consistent.
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I wish I had our cruising guides in front of me because I read what we should do somewhere. Cornell or Rauscher maybe? I guess they could be wrong too.
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Re: Flags in Carribean area

Not trying to hijack, but does anyone make flags out of sunbrella or similar?any flags I'm finding local wear out rather quickly. And we don't have near the uv levels that the Caribbean does
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Old 30-07-2015, 20:23   #24
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Never run across sunbrella flags. Would be rather spendy. Quality certainly varies a lot, even among flags in the same price range. I usually just buy 2 of each.
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Re: Flags in Carribean area

ChAllenge to Russ. From all the entrance regs I have read and am familiar with you are not permitted to fly a courtesy flag until you've cleared customs. Unti you have cleared you are required to fly a Q (yellow) flag on your starboard flag halyard and your national ensign as usual. There should be no other flags (cocktail, party, pirate) flown while quarentined prior to clearing customs.
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Not trying to hijack, but does anyone make flags out of sunbrella or similar?any flags I'm finding local wear out rather quickly. And we don't have near the uv levels that the Caribbean does
I'm completely with you. Maybe screen printed flags on some heavy duty fabric. The sewn up US flag is terrible with raveling.
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... There should be no other flags (cocktail, party, pirate) flown while quarentined prior to clearing customs.
Except from port spreader which is where they should be flown anyway. I've never gotten grief for having a just-for-fun (is there an official name for these?) flag on port when clearing.
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It's a sign of respect, and I think a nice tradition. Just be sure to fly Puerto Rico's flag right side up!
I've seen a lot of upside down [dis]courtesy flags. If they have stars the tip of the stars should point up is one clue.
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You might consider obtaining inexpensive flags from Quality Retail and Wholesale Flags $2.00 3x5 FT | FlagsImporter.com
Have you bought courtesy sized flags from them?

I found some 12" x18" flags, about the right size, but they are the cheap on a stick style flags. Could be adapted easily enough though.
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