Related to boltrope: downhaul


n. Nautical
A rope sewn into the outer edge of a sail to prevent it from tearing.
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(Nautical Terms) nautical a rope sewn to the foot or luff of a sail to strengthen it
[C17: from bolt1 + rope]
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a rope or the cordage sewn on the edges of a sail to strengthen it.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Originally, the main would have would have been run up the mast on a (high-friction) boltrope. Today, a car on track system is used and the main is flaked into lazy jacks.
The lispruez (31) are not the bowsprit but are judged to have been rods fitted into cringles, rings or eyes of rope worked into the boltropes running along the leeches (edges) of the sail, and used to push the sail forward and give it an optimal shape.