One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rope used to haul out the clew of a boom sail or the tack of a jib.
- ‘It's the one the sheet is attached to on a foresail, and the one the outhaul is attached to on the main.’
- ‘I started to give the outhaul a good yank to get the foot of the main tight and the damned thing came off in my hand along with a piece of the sail containing the clew.’
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