OK I have a boat, I have flag halyards on port and starboard crosstrees/spreaders, I don't wear a defaced or non-red ensign, I'm not a member of a yacht club.
But I'm slowly gathering a collection of burgees, or at least I have the potential to gather a collection from various associations/rallies etc
So, taken for granted that the courtesy/club flags go at the top on starboard, then what?
Is it up to me where my pretty coloured flags go, or should the scuttlebut burgee go above/below the RYA? and should the RYA go above or below the Cruising Association? And how about owners associations burgees? and can they stay up when I'm not around/on board? or do I have to remember to take them down at night along with my not-so-red ensign? or can they stay to fade in the sun so I look like I've circled the globe numerous times?
If I have the scuttlebutt burgee flying will everyone from here come over and have a go at me about the latest issue of YM?
It's all very confusing you know!