The wind still increasing, at seven the first reef in the mainsail was also taken in, jibs shifted, and the bowsprit reefed.
A mainsail carried by a gaff has two halyards, the throat and peak.
Boom—The spar used to extend the foot of the mainsail or foresail.
"She'll go a bit tauter still, I think," he said, as Nell hoisted the mainsail.
The mainsail was a big stretch of canvas and carried a main-boom sixty-five feet long.
The mainsail was set to a chorus like the crying of sea fowl and the foresail and jib.
The second shot from the latter was well directed; it grazed our mast and carried away the luff of the mainsail.
He has put her before the wind, and is trying to hoist his mainsail.
Two or three times Mr. Robert heads the Pyxie up into it and debates about takin' in the mainsail.
"Those canvas straps with which the mainsail is tied up," he explained.