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Old 16 August 2007, 08:31   #21
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As a courtesy you may also wish to fly the country flag you are in ...
I have never understood this, can anyone explain. If you go to France you have to raise a French flag?

If I go to France I would expect to fly a british flag so the locals know where I am from. Equally if I'm in a bunch of boats at a harbour entrance it's useful to know if the boat next to me is a foreigner and so probably unfamiliar with the locality.
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Old 16 August 2007, 08:35   #22
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I have never understood this, can anyone explain. If you go to France you have to raise a French flag?

If I go to France I would expect to fly a british flag so the locals know where I am from. Equally if I'm in a bunch of boats at a harbour entrance it's useful to know if the boat next to me is a foreigner and so probably unfamiliar with the locality.
You leave your British ensign up where it is, and also raise a smaller courtesy flag of the country you are in, typically up a halyard on the mast or high in the rigging somewhere.
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