One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a boat) able to sail close to the wind without drifting much to leeward.
- ‘We learned that she would have been a first-class sea boat, fast and weatherly, certainly capable of crossing the English Channel.’
- ‘When it comes to gaff-rigged catboats, this one is among the fastest and most weatherly of this genre.’
- ‘Therefore, they had shallow drafts and rode low in the water; while they were more seaworthy than many of the northern ironclads, their weatherly qualities were dubious.’
- ‘As would be expected, the deep keel version is slightly more weatherly than the wing keel version.’
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