What does "Overhaul" mean?

Today it means: Inspect and repair, make good.

When the two blocks meet in a block & tackle sailors would need to "overhaul" the rope and start again. The term came into general use when the "buntlines" had to be fed back through the blocks to stop them hanging down and chaffing the sails and twisting around rigging. The term then was to "overhaul the buntlines" but it later became the term used for any repair onboard ship.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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