Boxhaul

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Boxhaul (Naut) To put (a vessel) on the other tack by veering her short round on her heel; -- so called from the circumstance of bracing the head yards abox (i. e., sharp aback, on the wind).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • boxhaul to veer (a ship) round on her heel when it is impracticable to tack. This is effected by putting the helm a-lee, bracing the head-yards flat aback, squaring the after-yards, takinkg in the drivers, and hauling the head-sheets to windward. When the vessel begins to gather sternway the helm is shifted and the sails trimmed. Smyth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Boxhaul boks′hawl to veer a ship sharp round on her heel, by putting the helm a-lee, bracing the head-yards flat aback, and hauling to windward the head-sheets.
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