rec.boats burgee rec.boats burgee
Last modified Nov. 8, 2001. We've had  * visitors.
Cut to the chase:  Here's how to order. (Burgee now available from Peter Meek.)
 
Note: This page is maintained as a service to the rec.boats newsgroup, and is not for profit.

Flag design  rec.boats International On-Line Museum; click for info.

What does the design represent? How was it chosen?

The flag at the top of the page is the official burgee of the rec.boats newsgroup. The design symbolizes our worldwide digital newsgroup, active day and night. It was chosen in 1994 by a vote of newsgroup participants.

Dave Kinzer, the designer, explained his intentions as follows:

The official definition of the burgee is: "A triangular flag, with the fly (length) to be 1 1/2 times as long as the hoist (height). The flag is divided into white and black areas along a vertical line placed so as to provide equal areas of white and black, with the white area closest to the hoist. Centered on the dividing line is a royal blue circle of diameter equal to 1/2 the height of the hoist."

Flag design  rec.boats International On-Line Museum; click for info.

How can you get a rec.boats burgee?

See the new rec.boats caps and burgees order page.

From time to time, several people have manufactured rec.boats burgees and offered them to newsgroup members. I did it from April 1996 to April 1999, on a not for profit basis.  As of April 1999, Peter Meek has graciously agreed to take over stocking and mailing them.

The flags measure 12" by 18", and are sewn nylon, not silk screened, with heavy duty binding and grommets.

Flag design  rec.boats International On-Line Museum; click for info.

The rec.boats Burgee Around the World:

South African Yach EnsignThe rec.boats burgee is flown on dozens of boats around the world. Many boaters have obtained their rec.boats burgee by swapping for a local burgee or other nautical souvenir, like this South African yacht ensign. Visit the entire collection at the rec.boats International On-Line Museum.
 
 

Flag design  rec.boats International On-Line Museum; click for info.

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Flag design  rec.boats International On-Line Museum; click for info.

What's rec.boats? What's a burgee?

rec.boats is a Usenet newsgroup dedicated to interchange of information about recreational boating. There are also a number of specialized newsgroups dealing with specific aspects of boating. These include rec.boats.building, rec.boats.cruising, rec.boats.electronics, rec.boats.marketplace, rec.boats.paddle, rec.boats.racing, and rec.boats.racing.power.

According to Chapman Piloting, "A burgee is a triangular, rectangular or swallowtailed flag denoting club or squadron membership." Thus, by adopting and flying the rec.boats burgee, a group of rec.boats users in effect declared the newsgroup to be a sort of worldwide boating club.

Flag design  rec.boats International On-Line Museum; click for info.