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  • noun sailing A device used in sailing, for two main configurations of rig:


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  • Oh, mammy! they're gunter snake th 'ole house through the village to-morrer, an' we're all gunter have a ride! free gratis for nothin '!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • "Tell him we're all a-gunter have a ride," said Joe.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • I'm a-gunter set straddle on the ridge-pole, an 'carry a flag.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • The sail was clewed up, and in a few seconds I was clinging to the sliding gunter royal mast, and gathering in the canvas, while the captain was denouncing me for a lubber, for not accomplishing impossibilities.

    Jack in the Forecastle or, Incidents in the Early Life of Hawser Martingale

  • "Here's the hat what you're gunter wear; -- give it to him, Cresh!"

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864

  • Peter Walsh was hoisting a sail, a gunter lug, on the _Tortoise_.

    Priscilla's Spies

  • Here at her red buoy lies Sir Lucius 'smartly varnished pleasure boat, the _Tortoise_, reckoned "giddy" in spite of her name by staid, cautious island folk; but able, with her centre board and high peaked gunter lug to sail round and round any other boat in the bay.

    Priscilla's Spies

  • "Well," said Jallanby, "she was a yawl about eighteen tons register; thirty tons yacht measurement; length forty-two feet; beam thirteen; draught seven and a half feet; square stern; coppered above the water-line; carried main, jib-headed mizen, fore-staysail, and jib, and in addition had a sliding gunter gaff-topsail, and ----"

    Ravensdene Court

  • We also decided to alter her rig somewhat, by substituting what is known among the initiated as a "sliding-gunter" for a gaff-mainsail.

    For Treasure Bound

  • This was the first trial of our _sliding-gunter_ mainsail upon our singularly-constructed boat; and Bob and I were thrown into perfect raptures at the truly marvellous speed with which it propelled the craft along.

    For Treasure Bound


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