Reefing bowsprit
Reefing Reef"ing, n. (Naut.) The process of taking in a reef. [1913 Webster]

{Reefing bowsprit}, a bowsprit so rigged that it can easily be run in or shortened by sliding inboard, as in cutters. [1913 Webster]


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