from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An old name for a ship's long-boat: so called because in some circumstances it was not hoisted on board, but towed astern; a raft for transporting cargo and passengers.
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This 19-inch raibow crushed a Stimi in eight inches of water in a back channel that had been undisrupted by float-boat traffic passing.
Rocky Mountain Road Trip Report: Day One Tim Romano 2007