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    Re: Backing & Hauling in Slocum
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2003 Dec 17, 13:13 -0500

    George Huxtable wrote:
    > And Herbert Prinz replied-
    > >No, Bill. The wind "draws" simply means that it fills the sails. The change of
    > >direction that is opposite to "haul" is expressed by "farther [...] from the
    > >direction of the pole".
    > >From George-
    > I think it's less simple than Herbert makes out. I will quote below two
    > mailings from earlier this year on a related thread, "Veering and backing"
    I don't understand how the discussion about veering and backing comes into this.
    'Draw' means neither. In Slocum's text (and most sailor's terminology), "the wind
    draws" is synonym with "the wind blows [with some benefit for the boat]". If 'draw'
    indicated a change in direction, Slocum would have said "draws a few points", but
    he says "draws a few points further from ...". Since Slocum makes it explicitely
    clear which way the wind turns, there is hardly any need for speculation what words
    mean that don't appear in the text.
    Bill thought that Slocum intended to explain 'draw' by the text that follows. This
    is a misunderstanding of what Slocum says. The text immediately following 'draw"
    _qualifies_ the drawing action, it does not _explain_ it.
    Furthermore, Bill thinks that Slocum's use of 'haul' is self evident, and with this
    I agree.
    Herbert Prinz

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