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surf boat

a strong, buoyant rowboat with high ends, adapted for beaching and passing through surf.
Origin of surf boat
First recorded in 1855-60; surf + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is a surf–boat, but there are in the service some life–boat stations.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • The bow of the surf–boat was headed for The Harbor, after a season of waiting.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • They whistled for a surf boat, but it was some time before one put out.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • The present day masūla or mussoola boat, or surf boat of the Coromandel Coast, is of the same build as several centuries ago.

  • The Elder Dempster skipper, leaning over the side of his bridge, watched the surf boat rising and falling in the swell.

    Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
  • We were a silent, gloomy crew indeed as we thrust the surf boat afloat, clambered in, and shipped the oars.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • On the following morning, they landed in a surf boat, and were fortunate in getting ashore without being drenched.

    The Tiger of Mysore

    G. A. Henty
  • You don't mean that these surf boat crews are paid to save the cargo, and that human life is left to the care of the government?

  • I was ordered to take a surf boat and investigate for a landing and an anchorage.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams

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