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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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Now, with the truck backed up to the deer, tie the other end of the rope firmly to the hitch using whichever knot you trust the most, (I would suggest a Bowline.
The sail trimming exercise (or exercises) concludes with a reference to the bowlines (boelines, 39, < ON bog-lina).
They secure the fore-braces and the sheets, And make all the ropes fast, They release the halyards, bring down the yards, Tighten the bowlines and haul, They check the wind and the stars, And trim their sails according to the breeze; They bend the brails to the mast So that the wind does escape past it; They run under two reefs or three.
And bos'ns know their half hitches, bowlines and monkey fists inside out.
Then make whipped-tail bowlines in one end of the rope and hang it from the eyescrews with secure, but dismountable "S" hooks.
A Liam Fox B Andrew Lansley C Jeremy Hunt D Andrew Mitchell QUESTION 13 - for 13 points: What are cat's paws, bowlines and sheepshanks?
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.