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  • Freeboard is 3'6" at the lowest point but the four beams to the ama are at 4'6", chocked at the gunwhale.

    [longboat] closed and set to take the north sea

  • We were almost over, both of us sitting high on the gunwhale, holding a rope each, and leaning as far back over the water as our weight would allow.

    The Courage to Sail

  • I noticed Jill was moving up on the gunwhale, and I quickly followed suit.

    The Courage to Sail

  • One of the swimmers reaches the gunwhale of the boat and in the swiftest of moves, grabs and ejects an elderly woman and takes her place.

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  • Tobas pushed it out until he stood knee-deep in the surf, then grabbed the gunwhale and steadied it.

    With a Single Spell

  • He lunged up out of the water, caught at the gunwhale, his body a whiteness against the dark boat.


  • But the fog and the darkness afforded him protection, as he climbed over the gunwhale and, without making a sound, moved toward the stern, crossed the after-deck and found the wheel.

    The Inn at the Red Oak

  • Determined to get a look through the port, he climbed over the gunwhale again, fastened a stern-sheet about his waist and to a staple, and at the risk, if he slipped or if the rope gave way, of plunging head foremost into the icy waters of the Cove, he let himself down until his head was on a level of the port.

    The Inn at the Red Oak

  • Then slipping over the rail, he climbed stealthily up till his head protruded above the gunwhale.

    The Inn at the Red Oak

  • The canoe was nearly new, it measured eighteen feet in length, and two in breadth, and would easily carry eight persons; the sides were supported by two poles fastened to the gunwhale by strips of a climbing plant (Flagellaria indica), that grows abundantly hereabouts, and with which also the ends of the canoe were neatly, and even tastefully joined; the poles were spanned together on either side by rope constructed of strips of bark.

    Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Performed between the years 1818 and 1822 — Volume 1


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  • Or a cetacean packing heat.

    September 25, 2008

  • Variant of gunwale.

    September 25, 2008