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Old 30-11-2020, 13:24   #1
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Proper flag, angles and clearances

Hey all,

Iím debating installing a flush mount flag staff on the stern of the boat.

The boat is pretty classic in design, I was looking for the proper flag heights, staff angle, and how high the flag should be off the water. My uncle used to know all these things, but sadly he passed so I canít just ask him.
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Re: Proper flag, angles and clearances

Taffrail flags are usually about one inch (measured longways) for every foot of overall length of the boat. Since flags don't tend to come in one-inch increments. people generally round up. A 32' boat would fly a 36" flag, for example. The angle is generally set by the socket that the staff is set into. The length of the staff varies according to the length of the boat. Our 36' boat has a 4' staff. Some boats fly their ensigns so the corner is just above the water - possibly a European habit. This gets the flag wet if you sail with it up, and gets it dirty if you run the engine. The bottom corner of ours ends up about even with the sheer line. This keeps it drier and cleaner, and seems to be about right.
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