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Nominal length and height measurements are tabled in the guide below.
Top quality wooden toggles are available at a reasonable cost which can be fitted to the loop at the top of the hoist if required:
A UK registered vessel should fly the national maritime flag, the Red Ensign, unless entitled to fly a special or privileged Ensign
The most senior position for a flag on a vessel is reserved for the Ensign - this should be from as close to the stern of the vessel as possible and denotes the nationality of the vessel
Selecting the appropriate size for your Ensign:
As a guide, your Ensign should be proportionate to the LOA and the style/design of the yacht.
There is an old rule of thumb: an inch per foot of yacht length but this may look rather too small for modern yachts to look "well dressed"
The Ensign hoist measurement also needs to be compatible with the length of the flagstaff.
i.e. The length of the flagstaff between the truck (head) and the cleat must be, at the very least, greater than the hoist measurement so that there is sufficient room to tension the hoist line or halyard
The gap between the bottom of the hoist and the cleat is a matter of personal choice.
A more modern interpretation of suitable Red Ensign yard size is suggested in the chart below but....
Ultimately, the size of a Red Ensign is entirely up to the owner's discretion and if it looks right then it is right
|Yard Size||Finish||Fly||Hoist||Staff Length||Yacht LOA|
|3/4||Printed or Sewn||69cm||40cm||60/80cm||6-9m|
|1||Printed or Sewn||90cm||45cm||80/100cm||9-12m|
|1 1/4||Printed or Sewn||104cm||56cm||90/120cm||10-14m|
|1 1/2||Printed or Sewn||132cm||70cm||100/125cm||12-16m|
|2 1/2||Sewn||225cm||110cm||> 1.5 metres||18m-20m|
|3||Sewn||274cm||137cm||> 2 metres||>20m|
Yard Size = traditional method of measurement = length of the diagonal
Finish = Sewn = individual panels stitched together to complete the flag
Fly = nominal length, may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process
Hoist = nominal height, may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process
Staff Length = the length overall of the flagstaff, not the measurement between truck and cleat which will be less
LOA = Yacht length overall
Printed or Sewn Ensign ?
There are two distinct schools of thought regarding your Red Ensign and either view is acceptable:
1. Printed - is less than half the cost and ‘will soon be blown out anyway'
2. Sewn - is the only proper flag to fly and will also last longer