from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A rope sewn into the outer edge of a sail to prevent it from tearing.
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- n. Alternative spelling of bolt-rope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rope stitched to the edges of a sail to strengthen the sail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A superior kind of hemp cordage sewed on the edges of sails to strengthen them.
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The bending of the staysail was no very serious matter; it simply meant letting go the halliards, dragging upon the downhaul, cutting the boltrope away from the hanks, passing the new seizings, hoisting the sail foot by foot until I had got all the seizings finished, bending the sheets afresh, and there we were.
The spray was dashing over her bows, and her jib was wet several feet above the boltrope.
He advises that Telefónica Blue have to consider their tactics in avoiding going hard on the wind, when the risks of not having the forestay as a back up to the boltrope are more concerning.