What's a Burgee?
In boating, squadrons, fleets, yacht clubs and sometimes individual boats identify themselves by a unique flag design that is flown from the vessel's mast or bow. Since the Compass Rose is the first of what I hope will be many classic vessels that are members of SoCal Boat & Breakfast, I designed a unique flag for her that pays tribute to her heritage and also says a little about me as well. The logo shows the bow of the Compass Rose emerging on the horizon with the rising sun behind her and calm waters in front of her. To her left is an ancient rose design used by many religious orders including some sects of the Knights Templar. It was a Templar Knight who first designed a compass rose and named the 16 cardinal winds. The geese are from the original Chris Craft crest and stand for strength and endurance. At almost 50 years of age, the Compass Rose certainly has shown strength and endurance, and I have found my own strength and endurance through her. The Compass Rose is from the Constellation line of Chris Craft yachts, and since I am a scorpio, I chose the Scorpius constellation. The lettering is my rendition of the original Chris Craft logo script as it might have presented the boat's name. The layout of the burgee is meant to evoke elements of a sextant which is used to determine a vessel's position based on the angle between the horizon and a known point in the sky such as a constellation.