- equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.
Origin of ground tackle
First recorded in 1550–60
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Examples from the Web for ground tackle
All the same, this looked as though she were pretty hard on her ground-tackle.The Mirror of the Sea
The ground-tackle was good; it had caught hold of a rock and held on.My Doggie and I
Sure enough, Daggett appeared more disposed to trust to his canvass, than to his ground-tackle.
It is well named--if there ever was an anchor-watch, you keep it here: for no ground-tackle will ever hold like this.
The Swash was not long in getting her ground-tackle, and the brig was soon seen with her topsail aback, waiting to cat the anchor.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef
James Fenimore Cooper