This is a topic we often cover from a bureaucratic perspective (here, for example, we told you how to change flags in 2023
and which ones to do it with, i.e., the “trendy”ones of the moment), less so from a “seafaring” point of view.
Flag: General rules
- The national flag must be the largest one displayed.
- It should be hoisted at sunrise and lowered at sunset.
- Other flags follow the hoisting and proceed the lowering.
- The only exception is the social guidon, which is hardly ever lowered.
- In port, the raising is determined by the port authority or the largest military ship present or of the highest rank, normally taking place at 08:00 am. Clubs, which follow tradition, can also be a reference for the flag-raising.
- At night it should be raised at the request of a military vessel and upon entering or leaving a port, and in any case along the coast.
- It should be hoisted on a special pole normally at the stern of boats on the starboard side of the transom
- Putting one flag over another has meant that the one below is prey to war so it should not be used in recreation.
- It must be undamaged and unsoiled.
- It cannot be used as a tablecloth or in an inappropriate way.
- When the national flag is unusable, it should not be thrown away, but burned privately.