Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
Although I am not so well travelled as many (most?!) here by boat - I have in my past professional life sent or dealt with a fair few vessels in various parts
of the globe registered under a different flag to that of their skipper's passports (let alone the crew). Never heard of a problem.
Of course all the paperwork was in order. it's not illegal - it's not even bending the rules.
Of course I am sure their are parts
of the globe where some of the locals may not understand what is normal elsewhere in the world (and is legal
in their own), or think that anything they do not understand is therefore suspicious - especially when involving foreigners......but IMO the stupidity of others is not a reason to stay at home......and in any event you can never plan for the stupidity of others..........
Actually thinking about it a bit more, MY vessel is foreign flagged...........in England
Your observations fully concur with those that I have made. It should be repeated that the paperwork must be in order. But isn’t that part of good seamanship?
In many parts of the globe numerous fools reside. Some of them wave swords, some of them wave flags and some wave both. Yet, when I have noticed a proclivity among my crew towards trashing other skippers or their ships I have reminded them that it may be precisely that ship which might be the one within hailing distance when things go wrong for us. One should keep that in mind.
Arrogance is a passion which searches for what suffering creates.
One further item should also be addressed here: it makes no difference whatsoever how a ship is flagged, anywhere in the world, if it sends out a distress
signal. It will be responded to by the coast guard of any nation, irrespective of the flag. The same applies to U.S. territorial waters.
Do you really think that the U.S. Coast Guard would leave a Swiss vessel to its fate, off the Florida
Coast, because it isn’t flying “Old Glory”? Or that American flagged ships receive “preferred rescue” treatment? Or than an American ship in distress
would be ignored? What rubbish! How provincial can one get?
It would do many Americans a world of good to connect up with the real world. It isn’t the Disneyland they believe it is. One post on this thread that I can’t find again (perhaps it was edited) stated that flag etiquette is essentially irrelevant and unimportant in most places. This is incorrect, at least in Europe
and most of the rest of the world.
When entering any European port it is a good idea to have that courtesy flag up there where it belongs.
A word to the wise.