The wind still increasing, at seven the first reef in the mainsail was also taken in, jibs shifted, and the bowsprit reefed.
He has put her before the wind, and is trying to hoist his mainsail.
Boom—The spar used to extend the foot of the mainsail or foresail.
"Those canvas straps with which the mainsail is tied up," he explained.
The mainsail was a big stretch of canvas and carried a main-boom sixty-five feet long.
The mainsail was still up, and taking the helm, I ran the yacht up the lagoon.
The second shot from the latter was well directed; it grazed our mast and carried away the luff of the mainsail.
As it was, there was little amiss, beyond the wreck of the mainsail.
Two or three times Mr. Robert heads the Pyxie up into it and debates about takin' in the mainsail.
The clew of the mainsail was lashing about wildly in the gale.