Free Flags....and ...Low Cost Sail Insignia
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 04:09:23 -0500 (EST)
Yes free flags are available. Contact the local V.F.W. Post in your area.
The are usually very happy to provide a U. S. Flag to scout groups. My wife
just took over a Girl Scout troop this year and the local V.F.W. was very
helpful. They will also instruct youth as to the proper way to display,
carry, fold, etc.
Free Sea Explorer Flags are tough to come by, but we got one from a ship
that folded in the Detroit Area. We changed the ship number and the city
with some home-spun sewing skills at a minimal charge.
Our ship made it's own sail insignia. The way we came across it was
quite accidental. We went to a local sail shop to buy a replacement sail for
a small 12 foot Snark that we use for training on Lake Fenton. One of the
Sea Explorers saw a sail with a custom black symbol and began asking the shop
owner questions. He learned how they make them. We purchased a sheet of
black vinyl that has a peel off adhesive backing. We took the Sea Explorer
emblem right out of a scouting publication and used a copying machine to
enlarge the emblem (several times to get the size we wanted). Then, we laid
the emblem on the vinyl and cut out the emblem (and the vinyl at the same
time). Then, you simply peel off part of the backing, place the emblem where
you want it, smooth out any air bubbles, and slowly peel and stick the rest
of the emblem. Custom sail insignia may cost as much as $200, ours cost
$8.48 with tax (and we still have enough vinyl left for another emblem).
I won't tell you whether it was a Stylized "E" or the Anchor, I don't
want to spark a long, laborious debate amoungst the membership. But you can
decide what is best for your ship, I know you'll make the right choice.
Kevin R. Wade - Skipper
Sea Explorer Ship #32 - "Atlantis"