Premium Sewn Ensigns - Red and Blue

Rich colour fabric

Triple hem stitching

Manufactured in the UK

The best quality fabric
MoD 155 gram m2 woven polyester

Varnished toggle

Braided polyester hoist

£ 27.50 inc VAT

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Premium Sewn Ensigns Red or Blue

Top Quality MoD heavyweight woven 100% polyester, triple hemmed, varnished wooden toggle, polyester hoist line.

Manufactured in the UK

Sizes 1/2 yard up to 3 yard

Red are in stock, Blue are made to order

Component panels cut out from top quality UV resistant 100% polyester woven bunting
Rich colours
Colourfast and fade resistant
All panels stitched together to form the full ensign pattern
Hoist reinforced with special flag webbing tape

Braided Polyester line sewn into the integral hoist tape creating a loop for the toggle fitted at the top and a tail at the bottom as per the photos
Finished with triple stitched hems (outside edges)

N.B. Due to the intricate nature of sewing the 1/2 yard sewn Ensign, the union design is sewn together using the appliqué stitching technique.

The yard sizing (traditional diagonal measurement) is nominal and may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process.

Nominal length and height measurements are tabled in the guide below.

Premium ensigns are cut by hand and sewn together on manually operated sewing machines, so the sizes and proportions can vary slightly according to the production batch.

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 flown 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:

  • The Yard Size refers to the outside diagonal measurement e.g. from the top corner of the hoist to the bottom corner of the fly end.
  • The fly is measured along the horizontal length, top or bottom
  • The hoist is measured down the vertical length of the left hand side next to the staff.
  • The Fly end is the opposite end to the hoist = the end that flies in the breeze

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 SizeFinishFlyHoistStaff LengthYacht LOA
1/2Sewn45cm22cm60cm< 6m
1 1/4Sewn114cm57cm90/120cm10-14m
1 1/2Sewn143cm75cm100/125cm12-16m
2 1/2Sewn225cm110cm> 1.5 metres18m-20m
3Sewn274cm137cm> 2 metres>20m

Guide Reference:
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

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