Boat Flag Buying Guide

1. Motorboats  2. Sailboats

 

Boat flags come in a variety of sizes to accommodate everything from small vessels to big yachts. We have outlined the recommended sizing as well as when and where to fly certain boat flags. There are significant differences between motorboats and sailboats.

 

Boat Flag Buying Guide

 

1. Motorboats

A motorboat, speedboat or powerboat is a boat which is powered by an engine.

Motorboat Flag Size Guide
Boat Length Ensigns Officer Flag, Club or Private Signal
Up to 18 feet 12x18 inches 10x15 inches
19 to 24 feet 16x24 inches 10x15 inches
25 to 30 feet 20x30 inches 12x18 inches
31 to 36 feet 24x36 inches 16x24 inches
37 to 48 feet 30x48 inches 20x30 inches
49 to 60 feet 3x5 feet 24x36 inches
61 to 72 feet 4x6 feet 30x48 inches

 

Flag When Flown Motorboat
Bow / Stern Staffs Only Bow / Stern Staffs and Signal Mast Two Masts
US, Yacht, USPS Ensigns 8am - Sunset Aft Aft Aft
Club Burgee 8am - Sunset Bow Bow Foremast
Private Signal 8am - Sunset Not Flown Masthead Mainmast
Officer Flag Day and Night Not Flown In place of private signal In place of private signal
US Jack At anchor on Sunday and Holidays
8am - Sunset
Not Flown Not Flown Bow or jack staff
Absent Flag Daylight - during absence of the owner Not Flown Starboard yardarm Starboard main yardarm
Meal Daylight - during meal hours when at anchor Not Flown Starboard yardarm Starboard main yardarm
Guest Daylight - when the owner is absent but guests are on board Not Flown Starboard yardarm Starboard main yardarm
Bow Pennant, Fish, Fun, Skin Diver Flags 8am - Sunset Bow Port yardarm Port forward yardarm

  

 

Boat Flag Buying Guide

 

2. Sailboats

A sailboat or a sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails.

Sailboat Flag Size Guide
Boat Length Ensigns
Up to 18 feet 12x18 inches
19 to 24 feet 16x24 inches
25 to 30 feet 20x30 inches
31 to 36 feet 24x36 inches
37 to 48 feet 30x48 inches
49 to 60 feet 3x5 feet
61 to 72 feet 4x6 feet
Mast Height Officer Flag, Club or Private Signal
Up to 30 feet 10x15 inches
31 to 36 feet 12x18 inches
37 to 48 feet 16x24 inches
49 to 60 feet 20x30 inches
61 to 72 feet 24x36 inches

 

Flag When Flown Sailboat
One Mast Two Masts Three or More Masts
US, Yacht, USPS Ensigns 8am - Sunset After peak Aftermost peak Aftermost peak
Club Burgee 8am - Sunset At the truck At the foremost truck At the foremost truck
Private Signal 8am - Sunset When under way at the truck At the aftermost truck At the main truck
Officer Flag Day and Night Instead of burgee at truck Instead of private signal Instead of private signal
US Jack At anchor on Sundays and holidays
8am - Sunset
Not flown Jack staff Jack staff
Absent Flag Daylight - during absence of the owner Starboard spreader Starboard main spreader Starboard main spreader
Meal Flag Daylight - during meal hours when at anchor Starboard spreader Starboard main spreader Starboard main spreader
Guest Flag Daylight - when the owner is absent but guests are on board Starboard spreader Starboard main spreader Starboard main spreader
Bow Pennant, Fish, Fun, Skin Diver Flags 8am - Sunset Port spreader Foremost port spreader Foremost port spreader

 

 

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Flag Buying Guide 

Signal Flag Buying Guide

Custom Flag Buying Guide

Hardware Buying Guide 

Flag Etiquette

Glossary of Flag Terms