This verb is used afloat in the same way that it is used ashore, but it has a special application to the behaviour of the wind. If the wind Hauls ahead it shifts to come from a point farther ahead. Likewise it may ‘haul aft’. But a boat which Hauls her wind changes course to bring it more on the nose. In other words, usage has it that the wind may haul itself either way, but a vessel hauls her wind only one way.