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.
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.