As the prime boating season approaches, boat owners everywhere start to look for new sailing and nautical flags. If you’re not familiar with the signals that are used to communicate between marine vessels or from ship to shore, it may help to learn about the internationally recognized signals that sailors routinely use. Of course, not every boat owner will communicate with other boats with a system of flags, but traditional boating flags are still popular among larger yacht owners.
What type of information is exchanged using boating flags? Believe it or not, a system of flags can be used to communicate requests for assistance, important news and information about hazards. Also known as signaling flags, these colorful banners are particularly popular in international waters where language barriers might prevent intelligible radio transmissions.