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Red Ensigns - Sewn Polyester

Size (yards)Length (cm)Height (cm)TypeAvailability Normal Price Online Price  
3/46940SewnIn Stock£38.00£28.50
19045SewnIn Stock£40.00£30.00
1 1/410456SewnIn Stock£47.00£35.25
1 1/213270SewnIn Stock£53.50£40.12
218090SewnIn Stock£80.00£60.00
2 1/2225110SewnIn Stock£100.00£75.00
3 274137SewnIn Stock£130.00£97.50


Jimmy Green Sewn Red Ensigns, all panels individually cut and stitched together from top quality 100% polyester woven bunting, 3/4 yard up to 3 yard

The yard sizing (traditional diagonal measurement) is nominal and may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process.
Nominal length and height measurements are tabled in the guide below.

All our flags are manufactured with a braided line sewn into the hoist creating a loop at the top and a tail at the bottom as per the photos

We also sell top quality wooden toggles which can be fitted to the loop if required: £1 each, £3 for 4 or £5 for 8

A UK registered vessel should fly the national maritime flag, the Red Ensign, unless entitled to fly a special or privileged Ensign.

The most senior position for a flag on a vessel is reserved for the Ensign - this is worn as close to the stern of the vessel as possible and denotes the nationality of the vessel.

Sizing Ensigns
The Yard Size is across the diagonal, the fly is along the horizontal and the hoist is the vertical measurement down the flag next to the staff.
Ultimately, the size of a Red Ensign is entirely up to the owner's discretion and if it looks right then it is right

As a guide, Ensign yard size should be proportionate to the LOA and style/design of the yacht.
There is an old rule of thumb: an inch per foot of yacht length but this may look a little on the small side for modern yachts to look "well dressed"

The Ensign hoist measurement also needs to be compatible with the length of the flagstaff.
i.e. The length of the flagstaff between the truck (head) and the cleat must be, at the least, greater than the hoist measurement.
The gap between the bottom of the hoist and the cleat is a matter of personal choice.

The more modern interpretation of suitable Red Ensign yard size would be more like the suggestions in the chart below:

Yard SizeFinish FlyHoistStaff LengthYacht LOA
1 1/4Sewn104cm56cm90/120cm10-14m
1 1/2Sewn132cm70cm100/125cm12-16m
2 1/2Sewn225cm110cm> 1.5 metres18m-20m
3Sewn274cm137cm> 2 metres>20m

Ultimately, the size of a Red Ensign is entirely up to the owner's discretion and if it looks right then it is right

Guide Reference:
Yard Size = traditional method of measurement = length of the diagonal
Finish = Sewn = individual panels stitched together to complete the flag
Fly = nominal length, may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process
Hoist = nominal height, may vary slightly due to the nature of the production/sewing process
Staff Length = the length overall of the flagstaff, not the measurement between truck and cleat which will be less
LOA = length overall

Printed or Sewn Ensign ?

There are two distinct schools of thought regarding your Red Ensign and either view is acceptable:

1. Printed - is less than half the cost and ‘will soon be blown out anyway'
2. Sewn - is the only proper flag to fly and will also last longer

Do you need assistance? Then contact us...

If you have any questions or need help with your purchase, please call us on:

01297 20744 or email sales@jimmygreen.co.uk

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