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surf boat

a strong, buoyant rowboat with high ends, adapted for beaching and passing through surf.
Origin of surf boat
1855-60; surf + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The surf-boat had been hauled up beyond reach of the tide when it should rise, and all the men ordered out on patrol.

    The Life Savers James Otis
  • Hence the balsa-wood is used for the surf-boat called balsa.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Then he turned and watched as the surf-boat took our hero out to his launch.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • The Long-boat being cast off, the surf-boat was soon filled.

  • He threw up his hands, sharply, and flung himself headlong across the body of the dead man in the bottom of the surf-boat.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • Once assured that his surf-boat would keep afloat, Blake took the oars and began to row.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • This could be guarded against only by leaving the surf-boat where she might readily be launched.

    The Life Savers James Otis
  • Dick signalled for a surf-boat and in half an hour had reached the shore, taking with him his store of gold.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • But in spite of their exertions the surf-boat seemed to be receding.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • You see, I'd have to get papers at the port, though there are plenty of lonely beaches where one could get a surf-boat off.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss

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