What flag should I fly on my boat?
The U.S. national ensign, sometimes called “50-star” or “Old Glory,” is the proper and preferred flag for all U.S. vessels. Your boat should wear it from 0800 until sunset, and when you enter or leave port during daylight or at night, weather and rig permitting.
What do the different flags mean on a boat?
One-Flag Signals – Urgent or Common. Two-flag Signals – Distress or Maneuvering. Three-Flag Signals – Points of the Compass, Standard-Times, Verbs, Punctuation, Code and Decode Signals. Four-Flag Signals – Geographic, Names of Ships, and Bearings. Five-Flag Signals – To Relate Position and Time.
Can you put a flag on a boat?
Boat owner’s flag
The yacht owner can also fly their own national flag on the boat. It can be placed on the starboard spreader, but if the owner deems it appropriate it can be flown on the port side, as it is a flag of lower importance (than the ensign).