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A line or purchase by which a sail is hauled outboard along a spar. Aboard a square-rigged ship the studding sails and their booms were hauled out along the yards by means of outhauls. On old-fashioned yachts with long bowsprits, the tack of the jib was hooked onto a traveller, which was then hauled towards the outer, or crance end, of the bowsprit by the outhaul.

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