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  • A strake is an overlapping board as used in the hull of a clinker-built boat. A garstrake is a strake situated closest to the keel.

    February 19, 2010

  • "'I should have reported it before—the carpenter found the garstrake and two bottom planks of the launch rotten under the copper, and he has taken them out.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 125

    Also garboard strake.

    March 4, 2008