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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REEFING

In reefing top-sails, the cry when the weather earing is passed.

The order for men to come in from the yards after reefing or furling.

The order to come in from the yards when reefing, furling, or other duty is performed.

Archy had several times been aloft, but had never assisted in reefing.

Do you intend to spend the remainder of the watch in reefing that topsail?

The most serious of these is, that you cannot shorten sail except by reefing.

The first thing when you get a crew is to break them in to a method of reefing.

Reefing on a bowsprit in a seaway is a difficult and dangerous job.

If this happens at night when reefing you are liable to be in a fix.

That's the place for holding on to the sheer-rails; for reefing topsails.