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Swallowtail Burgee

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Pennant Flag for boat

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12" x18"$20.00 $15.-
16" x 24"$20.00 $19.-
24" x 36"$20.00 $24.-
36" x 60"$20.00 $29.-
Full color single sided print incl. 2x grommets or pocket sleeve

Create a completely customized printed boat flag featuring a photo, image, logo, or design of your choice! 

Our digital printed full color boat flags are make great gifts and are perfect if you've been searching for something truly unique to fly on your boat! Upload your photo or logo to decorate it with with our online design tool. Our custom pole flags can transform your logo or artwork into a dynamic flying reality.

Flags are printed with high quality inks through our dye sublimation process and all side lengths are sewn. 

  • Digital Printing with dye sublimation Ink
  • High resolution digitally printed at 1440 x 1440 dpi
  • Waterproof for indoor or outdoor use

A custom boat flag ("nautical flag") is a great way to get your boat noticed. Create your customized boat flag by choosing from our wide selection of fabrics, shapes and colors and adding your own design to the boat flag (aka nautical flag). Boat flags can be printed with a company logo, photos of friends and family, your boat’s name or even a festive nautical flag decoration. Custom boat flags and custom nautical flags also make great personalized gifts. The standard custom boat flag and custom nautical flag size is 12" × 18" to 36" x 60"inches and is finished with sturdy brass grommets. Designing the custom boat flag of your dreams is easy with our experienced graphic design team. 

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Design your custom flag!

Create a completely customized printed boat flag featuring a photo, image, logo, or design of your choice! 

Our digital printed full color boat flags are make great gifts and are perfect if you've been searching for something truly unique to fly on your boat! Upload your photo or logo to decorate it with with our online design tool. Our custom pole flags can transform your logo or artwork into a dynamic flying reality.

With our online designer, you can easily design your own flags, banners or other print items, upload and add your own images, insert text and design the background.

Unique Banner Printing provide free templates for various occasions, which can be used free of charge for design. External image files, e.g. photos from Adobe photo archives or samples from Pattern Design are subject to a fee.

We allow the customer be the graphic artist - no experience required. The user friendly "smart-designer" online editor design tool gives you full control of the design experience of your trade show & signage. It's free to use and helps you to quickly create original designs with our free clip art, photos, and product templates. 

With just a few clicks, you can create a quality print for your business, or birthday gifts and funny holiday surprises for family, friends or co-workers.

Swallowtail Burgee Flag

Swallowtail Burgee Flag

Tapered Burgee Flag

Tapered Burgee Flag

Pennant Flag

Pennant Flag

Signal Flag

Signal Flag

All Yacht Flag

All Yacht Flag 12x18

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 boaters who are United States citizens may choose between two flags, the usual 50-star national flag known as the ensign, or 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 Ensign

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. Ports charged a local duty to visiting commercial craft, 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.

Everyday flag etiquette

All boats operating in inland waters can fly the U.S. “Old Glory” 50-star flag, or the U.S. Yacht Ensign, the 13-star “Betsy Ross” flag with the fouled anchor. Flags are flown, traditionally from 8:00 a.m. to sunset, from the stern staff (when under way or occupied), or onboard sailboats - on aftermost sail 2/3 length of the leach above the clew; onboard  sportfisherman - on halyard just behind the tuna tower.

How large of a flag for my boat?

For aesthetically pleasing proportions, we recommend a flag that is 1" long for every 1' of boat length. The staff should be twice the length of the flag’s vertical edge. For example, a 33' boat should fly a 24" x 36" Yacht Ensign on a 48" staff. A shorter staff may be used if there is insufficient space.

Courtesy flags

Show respect when you travel to other nations (or other states) by flying their flags when you enter or operate your boat in their waters. Boats in international waters also fly the 50-star U.S. flag, and not the Yacht Ensign, in the traditional location.
Fly Courtesy Flags: Mastless boats - at the bow; Boats with spreaders - from the starboard spreader; Multiple-masted boats - from the starboard spreader of the forward mast

Burgees

Yacht club burgees are flown from the masthead, the bow pulpit, or from under the starboard spreader (below any courtesy flags). See Chapman for a more detailed discussion of flag etiquette.
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Our Boat & Nautical Flags are made with our State-Of-The-Art Jet Flo Process. The great thing about Jet Flo is, not only are the inks eco-friendly, it also allows you to be as creative as you want and at the same time use as many or as little colors as you desire for the same price. In comparison, pricing for screen printing is determined by the amount of colors you have, so printing 6 colors will more expensive than one. Dye-Sublimation eliminates that totally. 1 color costs as much as 8,000 colors .
Excellent for both outdoor & indoor applications, the material we use is Super Polynex (It is the best & most durable substrate available on the market today for this process). The material starts out white and then your image is printed directly onto the material. We use only the highest quality UV protected & eco-friendly inks. This process transforms the white material into the colors of your design. On a double-sided flag or banner the full image appears on both sides. Most custom boat flags are double sided. Some common sizes for custom nautical flags are 12"x18", 16"x24", 24"x36" and 36x60" but we can make any size so don't hesitate to ask.
Boat flags and nautical flags were traditionally used to send out messages to other mariners or those ashore. They were the modes of communication among the mariners during those times when there were no radios, cellphones or any other device to contact the other vessels.
Today, boat flags are used for recreational or decorative purposes. Boat owners hang these colorful banners to make their boats noticed. Most boat flags carry the corporate logo or emblem of the company to which they belong. They are also a mode of distinguishing a particular boat from all others.
The parade of boats at sea with colorful flags waving gracefully is always a sight to behold. Having your own designs and ideas reflected on colorful blank flags would make it more personal and unique from the rest. Give life and add character to the boat by having your own flags. These customized flags are created according to the boat owners specification. They are made of quality and durable materials designed to last for a long period of time, whether displayed indoor or outdoors.
Customized boat flags are also perfect gifts for boat owners and enthusiasts. They are more personal and only shows that the giver has thought carefully of the right gift and did not just randomly pick it.
 
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These customized flags will get your creative juices flowing in coming up with a design to be reproduced in your own banner. True blue boat enthusiasts deserve nothing less than their own personalized boat flags proudly displayed inside their boat or raised high up in the air.

Boat Flags for the Young & Old!

Custom Boat flags have become a passion for the average American because they are affordable, durable, and really striking. It not only gives a boat a precise identity, it enlivens the general outlook of a vessel. From small boats, to expensive yachts, and luxury liners, flags that are visually eye-catching adorn the masts and surrounding tielines.
Our Boat & Nautical Flags are made with our State-Of-The-Art Jet Flo Process. The great thing about Jet Flo is, not only are the inks eco-friendly, it also allows you to be as creative as you want and at the same time use as many or as little colors as you desire for the same price. In comparison, pricing for screen printing is determined by the amount of colors you have, so printing 6 colors will more expensive than one. Dye-Sublimation eliminates that totally. 1 color costs as much as 8,000 colors .

How did nautical flags evolve?

When ships were developed, flags naturally were added to it because it heralds the nationality and homeport of the vessel. Sets of flags were often seen on decks more often for semaphore signaling, so vessels would not have to anchor side by side to communicate. But with the coming of the telescope and development of gunpowder, the flags were the sole indication if a vessel is a friend or a foe – thus avoiding skirmishes at sea. Later on these flags became maritime in nature, meaning all vessels were required to fly one. Eventually with the popularity of these flags, particularly those adventurers (Columbus and Magellan) in search of lands for the King of Spain and also France and England, were adopted as national flags. Even today the era of the supertankers, flags still dominate the masts announcing its nationality. Special care is extended to boat flags, because of the extreme conditions they are subjected to, from the effects of seawater, to howling winds of over 100mph and its almost permanent presence in the masts. We at NorthStar Flags and Poles always make it a point to be extra meticulous in our treatment of these symbols. Our graphic artists do exact reproduction of designs. Materials used to produce these boat flags are both strong and durable. Current technology allows that colors & designs are reproduced with amazing accuracy.
Our Boat & Nautical Flags are made with our State-Of-The-Art Dye-Sublimation Process. The great thing about Dye-Sublimation is, not only are the inks eco-friendly, it also allows you to be as creative as you want and at the same time use as many or as little colors as you desire for the same price. In comparison, pricing for screen printing is determined by the amount of colors you have so printing 5 colors will more expensive than 1. Dye-Sublimation eliminates that totally. 1 color costs as much as 8,000 colors . Also with Dye-Sublimation you are able to achieve gradients (fading of colors) with no problem. Since we use 1 of only 50 machines in the entire world that prints this type of Dye-Sublimation we can literally duplicate almost any image!
Excellent for both outdoor & indoor applications, the material we use is Dacron (It is the best & most durable substrate available on the market today for this process). The material starts out white and then your image is heat set into one side using only the highest quality UV protected & eco-friendly inks. This process transforms the white Dacron into the colors of your design. Since the transfer is only put on one side, you have a show thru of the reverse image on the back at about 60% . On a double-sided flag or banner the full image appears on both sides. We can also use Satin or 600 Denier Poly Duck which has the sturdiness of a canvas but the feel of a strong cotton to make your flag or banner.Some Common Sizes are 12"x18", 16"x24", 24"x36" and 36x60"
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Miami, Florida is one of the summer destinations by both tourists and Americans because of the number of sandy white beaches decorated by many colorful feather flags along the area. Simply book yourself, family and friends to a particular resort and hotel and you’ll certainly have a fun-filled vacation. The various will lead you as you take pleasure among the wide variety of hotel amenities and resort planned activities; pamper yourself in beauty salons, massage parlors and saunas; treat your family and friends with the unique delicacies offered by restaurants; enjoy listening and dancing to the music of the live bands; and you can attend parties organized by the resort so you can meet new friends. But if you would rather take time on the beaches where in you can take a dip on the warm waters, walk barefoot on the sand or lie down near the shores, you’re definitely up for a more exciting vacation because of the many activities in store for you. You can go snorkeling, banana boat riding and surfing. However if you wouldn’t want a strenuous activity, you can take a cruise around the eastern coastline of the Atlantic riding on a boat. Boat riding has become one of the many attractions in Florida today because a number of people would like to watch the scenery of the area and likewise to spend time away from the busy streets of the city. Once you’ve ridden a cruise boat, you’ll find yourself entertained with the boat flags dancing and waving with every swish of the wind. These custom boat flags normally have imprinted logos of the cruise company and other promotional messages since this is one way of effectively advertising a product or service.

The Meanings of Boat Flags

If you’ve ever been down to your local dock, you’ve probably seen all the boat flags hanging from the flagpoles of each boat. What’s the point? Here’s a hint: they’re not just for decoration.

Instead, most of the boat flags you see are actually nautical flags – a system of flags used to convey messages from ship to ship or ship to shore. Each flag has a different meaning, and they can be used alone or in a group for even more different meanings.

When it comes to the flag meanings on boats, it depends on what kind of boat you’re talking about – there are different meanings for each flag depending on whether you’re using them internationally, as part of the US Navy, or as part of a sailing regatta. Here’s a list of the different ship flag meanings.
Flag Name Flag International Navy Regatta
ALFA alpha boat flags I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed. n/a
BRAVO bravo boat flags I am taking in, discharging, or carrying dangerous cargo. n/a
CHARLIE charlie nautical flag Yes or affirmative. Change of course.
DELTA delta signal flag I am maneuvering with difficulty; keep clear. n/a
ECHO echo boat flags I am moving to starboard (right). n/a
FOXTROT foxtrot nautical flag I have been disabled – please communicate with me; on aircraft carriers it means that flight operations are underway. n/a
GOLF golf boat flags I need a pilot; for fishing boats, it means “I am hauling nets.” n/a n/a
HOTEL hotel boat flags I have a pilot on board (used as a response to “GOLF”) n/a n/a
INDIA india nautical flag I am altering my course to port (left). I am coming alongside you. Indicates that the around-the-ends rule is in effect at the start.
JULIET juliet nautical flag Keep well clear of me – I am on fire and/or leaking dangerous cargo n/a
KILO kilo boat flags I wish to communicate with you by:

 

  1. Morse signaling by hand-flags or arms
  2. Megaphone
  3. Morse light signals
  4. Sound signaling
n/a
LIMA lima nautical flag You should stop immediately. Ashore: A notice to the competitors has been posted.
Afloat: Come within hail; follow me.
MIKE mike signal flag My vessel is stopped. This boat flag signals that the mark is missing and that all boats should round the boat bearing the flag.
NOVEMBER november nautical flag No/negative. Abandonment and re-sail.
OSCAR Custom boat flag Oscar Man overboard.
PAPA Custom boat flag Papa In port: All sailors return to the ship; the vessel is going out to sea.

 

Fishing vessels at sea use this to signal that their nets are caught on something.

All personnel return to the ship – the vessel is proceeding out to sea. Used as a preparatory flag, this flag goes up four minutes before the start of the race.
QUEBEC (kay-bec) Custom boat flag  Quebec The ship meets health regulations and is requesting clearance into port. Boats are being recalled – all boats are to return to the ship. n/a
ROMEO Custom boat flag  Romeo n/a At sea: Planning to replenish fuel or supplies.
In port: Ready the duty ship.
n/a
SIERRA (see-air-uh) Custom boat flag Moving astern (to the rear of the ship being signaled). Conducting flag hoist drill. This flag means that the regatta course has been shortened. The finish line is now between this flag and the nearest rounding mark.
TANGO Custom boat flag Keep clear of me – I am engaged in trawling. Do not pass ahead of me. n/a
UNIFORM Custom boat flag You are running into danger.
VICTOR Custom boat flag I require assistance.
WHISKEY Custom boat flag I require medical assistance.
X-RAY Custom boat flag Stop your intentions and watch for my signals. Individual recall.
YANKEE Custom boat flag I am pulling my anchor behind me. The ship flying this flag is assigned to visual communications duty. Wear life jackets.
ZULU Custom boat flag I require a tug. 20% scoring penalty.

Using multi-flag signals

Knowing how to use the nautical flag system is hugely important when danger is imminent or communications break down. Flags can be seen easily when out on the open water, especially if you have a pair of binoculars. They don’t require Wi-Fi or other types of electrical signals, either: all you have to do is use a certain number of flags to signal exactly what you mean.

  • Single-flag signals are used for urgent messages to other ships, such as signaling JULIET when your ship is leaking dangerous cargo.
  • Two-flag signaling indicates distress or changes to maneuvers, such as signaling DELTA and then ECHO.
  • Three-flag signals indicate relative bearings (the angle from the ship’s centerline heading to a straight line drawn from the observation station on the vessel to the object), compass points and are used as general code and decode signals.
  • Signaling with four flags is used to relay absolute bearings and other geographical signals.
  • Five-flag signals are used to relate time and position.
  • Six-flag signals are used to relay latitude and longitude coordinates, as well as compass directions.
  • Seven-flags are for longitude signals containing more than one hundred degrees.
  • In order to communicate using multi-flag signals, there is a second system of numbered flags indicating 0-9 (shown below).
Some of the original 26 nautical flags also have separate meanings when used with numbers:
    ▪    ALFA: Begin relaying an azimuth or bearing
    ▪    CHARLIE: I am relaying a course in degrees magnetic
    ▪    DELTA: I am relaying a date
    ▪    GOLF: Longitudinal coordinates (the first two numbered flags are degrees; the last two flags are minutes)
    ▪    KILO: See International/NATO.
    ▪    LIMA: Latitudinal coordinates (the first two flags show degrees; the last two show minutes)
    ▪    ROMEO: Distance from/range to an object in nautical miles
    ▪    SIERRA: Speed in knots
    ▪    TANGO: Local time (first two flags display hours; second set of flags shows minutes)
    ▪    VICTOR: Speed (Kilometers/hour)
    ▪    ZULU: Time in UTC (first two flags display hours; second set of flags shows minutes)

Using boat flags & nautical flags to start a regatta

When it comes to the starting sequence of a sailing regatta, there’s a specific type and number of flags that need to be raised and lowered in order to signal different parts of the starting sequence of a sailing regatta. Those flags are as follows:
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