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bowline

Nautical
a line for controlling the weather leech of a square sail when a vessel is close-hauled

bowline

[′bau̇‚līn]
(naval architecture)
A rope attached to the vertical edge of a square sail near its midpoint, and used to keep the sail's weather edge taut forward when the vessel is close-hauled.
A knot forming a loop that does not slip under tension, used particularly for mooring and hauling.
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They loosened cleats and let down sails; They pulled and hauled the bowlines in; Al vent guardent et as 40 They watched the wind and esteilles, watched the stars; Sulunc l'ure portent lur They carried sails to suit the veilles; tide.
Some had climbed, some had clambered and those who didn't know their bowlines from their belays just clammed up.
And bos'ns know their half hitches, bowlines and monkey fists inside out.
Bowlines, clove hitches, figures of eight, a full turn and two half hitches - there were so many to remember and, noticing we were struggling, Vad decided to get technical.