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  1. outhaulnoun

    A rope that is used to extend a sail along a spar


  1. Outhaul

    An outhaul is a control line found on a sailboat. It is an element of the running rigging, used to attach the mainsail clew to the boom and tensions the foot of the sail. It commonly uses a block at the boom end and a cleat on the boom, closer to the mast, to secure the line.The outhaul is loosened to provide a fuller camber or tightened to give the sail foot a flatter camber. Depending on the wind, this will increase or decrease boat speed.Sailboat designer and sailing theorist, Frank Bethwaite, recommended that the outhaul, along with the other sail controls on a racing sailboat, should be knotted and the boom marked with the settings for different wind speeds.


  1. Outhaul

    An outhaul is a line which is part of the running rigging of a sailboat, used to extend a sail and control the shape of the curve of the foot of the sail. It runs from the clew to the end of the boom. The line is pulled taut to the appropriate tension to provide the desired shape to the foot and then secured to a cleat on the boom. The details vary, but the two most common methods are: ⁕A knot, usually a bowline, is tied to a grommet provided for the purpose in the clew of the sail, then fed directly to the cleat. ⁕The line is attached to the boom, lead through the same grommet, and thence to a cleat; this system provides a factor of two mechanical advantage over the previous one. The outhaul, besides simply holding the sail out, is an effective sail shape control. Tightening or slackening the outhaul can flatten or fill out the sail, shift the draft forward or aft, change leech and foot tension, and increase or decrease camber.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outhaul

    owt′hawl, n. a rope for hauling out the clew of a sail.—Also Out′hauler.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outhaul in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outhaul in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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