- to put (a square-rigged sailing vessel) on a new tack by bracing the head yards aback and backing onto the new heading.
Origin of boxhaul
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There are times when you tack and wear, and boxhaul ship every fifteen minutes.The Flying Bo'sun
- nautical to bring (a square-rigger) onto a new tack by backwinding the foresails and steering hard round
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