Before we left the states, I bought a string of Caribbean
flags on EBay. I think I paid about $40US and then purchased grommets and cut the string and added the grommets as we used each flag. The flags are cheap
and we are starting to wear out for some our favorite islands, but the only flag we have purchased in our 2 seasons in the Caribbean has been for Grenada
, where we have spent an extended amount of time. The chandeliers down here sell courtesy flags
for roughly $20 to $25 a piece, so you can save money
making your own. Our larger American flags we fly only last about 3 month in the sun/UV and trade
winds (6 months up north). We also buy those on EBay at about $6 per flag.
I strongly recommend flying a courtesy flag (properly - flag halyard
and proper orientation). IMO there is a direct correlation to local Coast Guard boardings and flag etiquette in some countries.
S/V True Colors
Currently flying the Grenada
courtesy flag in Tryell Bay, Carriacou.
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