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Zulu

Zulu Zulu is made of 4 isosceles triangles - yellow, blue , red, and black in clockwise order from the top, and stands for "Z" in the signal flag alphabet. I know exactly how this one was made. These were the leftover scraps, the flagmaker said "Foxtrot this, we're on Z," so he just threw them together. If it makes the entire process 1/26th less wasteful though I'm all for it. Shorthand If you're in a harbor and it isn't safe or legal to operate under your own power, or even if your engine is out, fly this flag to hail a tugboat. Having never needed a tugboat myself, I'm wondering if it's like a cab/Uber situation. Like look on Tuber first,...

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Yankee

Yankee 10 alternating yellow and red diagonal stripes going up from left to right make up Yankee, which stands for "Y" in the signal flag alphabet. The flagmakers really conspired against me in trying to make that one indescribable, but I think I nailed it. No real easy way to remember this one, unless you consider the phrase "What the pole would look like if a barber shop sold McDonald's" (which contains no "Y"s btw) easy to remember. Shorthand Fly this flag when you're dragging your anchor. This shouldn't really be an issue for you unless you have a terrible anchor or are piloting a merchant vessel. But it's obviously dangerous for a ship not under power to be drifting around,...

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Xray

Xray A blue cross over a white background, Xray stands for "X" in the signal flag alphabet. Even though the flag for Victor would be much more appopriate for "X", unless you wanted to call this Plusray. Ugh. What were these people thinking?I'm  thisclose to starting my own signal flag alphabet. Shorthand X-ray is a cry for attention in a way. It means that other ships should stop doing whatever they're trying to do and watch you for more signals. You would fly this, say, if you were trying to decide between requesting general assistance or medical assistance.   Check out the rest of our Signal Flag explanations!

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Whiskey

Whiskey 3 concentric squares, blue, white, and red from the outside in, make up Whiskey, which stands for "W" in the signal flag alphabet. It's slightly disconcerting that the pilots who came up with these names were so fond of whiskey, but I think hope they've tightened up the rules around that. Shorthand Whiskey is a request for medical attention, so it's a more specific version of Victor. I'm willing to bet that back in the day whiskey was the cause for some of these requests. If you have a medical emergency onboard your megayacht, this is probably a last resort. Try the radio first, or a satellite phone. Or just take your helicopter back to shore.   Check out...

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Victor

Victor With a red "X" over a white background, Victor stands for "V" in the signal flag alphabet. I agree, it would make much more sense if they used this flag for Xray ("X"). But it's too late for us to switch them so I guess just get used to it. I am on board with the name Victor though, everyone gets to feel like a winner. Shorthand This is the general request for assistance flag. Whiskey (LINK) gets more specific, so if you see this one be prepared to provide a variety of types of help. Note: I don't think this is for stuff like "I need someone to give me a shoulder rub". Alternate Use When displayed with a...

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