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Old 13-11-2019, 15:40   #1
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Courtesy flags

i am trying to purchase 10) courtesy flags. Some of the flags don't have the symbols on them and some do. Are the flags without the symbols, offensive to countries or not ? ( the seal )
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Old 13-11-2019, 15:56   #2
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Re: Courtesy flags

Depends on the country. The proper display for a courtesy flag is the "civil ensign". This may or may not be similar/identical/different from the national flag.

As an example, the national flag of the United Kingdom is simply the Union Jack, but the proper courtesy flag is the Red Ensign (a red flag with the Union Jack in the canton).
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Re: Courtesy flags

Flags that lack details can often be embellished. Some people use colored Sharpies. (Did the Pardeys do this?) At the distance most are seen, it will look like the detail is there, but it doesn’t have to be too exact. The lack of detail, on the other hand, could be obvious and, as you are realizing, embarrassing.
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Re: Courtesy flags

We had good luck on a circum-North Atlantic cruise making our own courtesy flags with acrylic paint on scraps of canvas.
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Re: Courtesy flags

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, chelseaann.
I'd think any incomplete/inaccurate "courtesy" flag might be viewed as discourteous.
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Re: Courtesy flags

Yes, Gord, some places are quite particular.

However, courtesy flags are usually displayed some 20+ ft. above the ground, at the height of the first spreader, so it is difficult for the eye to detect minor detail that is missing.

@chelseaann: We bought the most recent flag book we could find, and also, some pens with fabric dye in them. With tracing paper, we could get the designs, and apply them first with carbon paper, and color them in. I rather doubt you can find carbon paper outside 3rd world countries, these days, but I bet the info is on the internet. And with a little ingenuity you will be able to work out a way to get it onto the flags--or buy from a supplier that has better ones.

It is good of you to be concerned, and easy to see how less wealthy countries' officials might feel annoyed at those of us wealthy enough to cruise who won't spend the $$ to get a decent flag for their nation. A kinda ugly whatever nationality you are look.

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