from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A boat used for putting out and taking in a drift-net.
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The owner of a drift-boat takes one-eighth part of the gross proceeds of a catch, and the remaining seven-eighths are divided into two equal parts of which one part is subdivided among the crew of the boat, while the other goes to the owner or owners of the nets used on board.
Lying Prophets Eden Phillpotts 1911
The "Sea-Gull" was shoved off, the oars got out, and, with her attendant drift-boat towing ahead, her hardy crew soon swept her out of the harbour.
Michael Penguyne Fisher Life on the Cornish Coast William Henry Giles Kingston 1847
"Dad, do you think it's possible that disaster will rain down on us with this drift-boat idea of yours? ''