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1 The distance a sailing vessel runs between tacks when working to windward. Thus a ship tacking across the wind to reach a point to windward of its present position can make short or long boards according to the frequency of her tacks; the more she tacks the shorter the boards.

2 To make a good board, to sail in a straight line when close hauled making only the minimum of leeway.

3 To make a stern board, to come up head to wind so that the vessel stops and makes way astern until she falls off on the opposite tack, often a very seamanlike operation when navigating in narrow channels.

4 To board it up, an old term used by seamen meaning to beat up to windward.

5 To go on board, to go aboard a ship.

6 To slip by the board, to desert a ship by escaping down its side.

7 By the board, close to the deck as when a mast is broken off close to the deck, or goes by the board.

8 When used as a verb, it describes the action of going alongside an enemy vessel and overwhelming its crew with an armed boarding party.

See also boarders; enter, to.

See also boarders; enter, to.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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