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Knot at Work posted 10-31-2003 10:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for Knot at Work   Send Email to Knot at Work  
I had to cruise in my boat with Old Glory proudly displayed.

I went to west marine and bought a dovetail clam shell pole made of SS that allows for the jack staff to be removed for towing storage or inclimant weather.

Jack Staff is 18 inches long. Flag attaches with spring clamps.

I attached to the Stbd rear side rail as far aft as possible on the horizontal bar. It allows a natural rearward angle and that helps your flag remain at ease.

Benefit of the Flag 12x18 is you can use it at drift to determine wind and then anchor to that point or cast to it as well. and it makes a great visible signal device.

For us "Colonists" two flags are recognized LEGALLY according to maritime laws for display in US waters.

Old Glory. OR the the National Ensign as it is officially called or you can fly the Yacht Flag

Hope this helps....

here is the story:

The Ensign
For most people’s boats, flag etiquette begins and ends with the problem of which ensign, or national flag, to fly and where to fly it. Sailors and all other boating people who are United States citizens may choose between two flags. One is the usual 50-star national flag known as the ensign. The other is a special flag called the yacht ensign that, in place of the 50 stars standing for the states, depicts a fouled anchor on a field of 13 stars.

The story of these two ensigns is an interesting one. In the early to mid-19th century, most yachts looked like fishing boats and other commercial vessels. Each port charged a local duty to visiting commercial vessels, whose skippers often attempted to convince customs officials that they were pleasure sailors. The officials ignored those claims and collected fees from all entering boats, including yachts.

Under pressure from yachtsmen, the American and British governments independently approved special national flags to be flown only from yachts. In the United States, the yacht ensign was designed by the officers of the New York Yacht Club in 1848. It remains a legal national flag for boats in US waters.

Hyperlink to flag information

jimh posted 10-31-2003 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for the interesting article.
Barney posted 10-31-2003 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Thanks Knot, I really want to fly the flag. Any pictures of the set up would be appreciated. Jim
triblet posted 11-01-2003 02:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I fly mine from the light pole. West had spring clips with
some tie wrap things with holes for the spring clips. The
tie wraps go around the light pole, with a hose clamp next to
each to keep the flag from sliding the tie wraps along the
light pole.


Knot at Work posted 11-01-2003 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
I will be pulling my boat out Sunday to take her to Killingers Marine Max, I will take a picture and send it to jimh, maybe he can post it. I do not have webpage sad to say.

Another way I thought to do it was to take an ordinary 3 ft flag pole with a ensign 4x6 and Zip tie the gromets to the flag ple and stick in the fishing rods forward... I intend to do this for pirate days or what ever maybe the 4th of July and call it my Battle Ensign...

Knot at Work posted 11-01-2003 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
I can email the picture of the jackstaff to you Jim or to whomever would like it.

I just think a touch of class is added to the whaler when it flies the colors of the nation it is operated in it... unless it is Iranian or Syrian....

Barney posted 11-01-2003 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Jeff, Yeah email it. Thanks Jim
hooter posted 11-02-2003 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
The West Marine link didn't woik for me. Here's a relevant, related link: Very interestin'.
Knot at Work posted 11-04-2003 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Jim, I sent you the pictures. I also included the cleats I added.

not much but shows the intent of the jack and the cleats


Barney posted 11-04-2003 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Jeff, you have mail. Jim

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