Boxhaul meaning

bŏks'hôl'
To turn (a square-rigged ship) about on the heel by bracing the sails aback.
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To change (the course of a sailing ship) by veering around sharply instead of tacking normally.
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(nautical) To bring a square-rigged ship onto a new tack by hauling back the foresails whilst steering hard round.
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Origin of boxhaul

  • box to confine, reverse haul
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition