As an island race, it does seem a shame that we cannot unite under one maritime flag.
The Blue Ensigns do obviously serve a purpose to some sailors.
In our recent history, 60,000 sailors died serving under the Red Ensign. Most had hardly had the means of firing back. The conditions they served under were also pretty horrendous. Only in fairly recent years has their contribution been fully understood and appreciated.
Many of the families of the dead are also still living. I am not saying you should change whatever you decide to do, but to you at least understand how some people feel ?
It is never too late to have a happy childhood. Buy a boat.
http://www.naval-history.net/WW2CampaignRoyalNavy.htm page. Combine it with the RN losses though during the same period and you get over 95,000 killed and wounded serving under all three of our Ensigns. Personally, as long as there is a union jack in the corner I think you are showing all the respect necessary.
I usually fly a big red one off the mizzen peak. But then again I like to fly this one, just to annoy the cornish.
They seem to be getting a lot more popular judging by the number of sellers now rather than just the one when I bought mine. But honestly, does anyone really care? Sure I do get annoyed when a large mobo chugs annoyingly past moorings with a blue ensign. I get just as annoyed when a tw@t on a jetski hurtles past, in fact, more so. The colour of the ensign, or not, matters not a bit, though it may start a conversation if you are rafted up to someone with an unusual one.
Veritas liberabit vos, nisi prius ea re doleas.
Yes, I have yet to see a thread started by a blue ensign chap castigating those who choose to wear red.