from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rig for boats in which a sliding topmast is used to extend a three-cornered sail. See gunter rig, under rig.
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This was the first trial of our _sliding-gunter_ mainsail upon our singularly-constructed boat; and Bob and I were thrown into perfect raptures at the truly marvellous speed with which it propelled the craft along.
We also decided to alter her rig somewhat, by substituting what is known among the initiated as a "sliding-gunter" for a gaff-mainsail.
The sheets were eased off, the long boom of the graceful sliding-gunter (a kind of latteen) sail, stretched far over the gun-wale of the boat, which slipped along easily and rapidly through the water, the rolling waves heaving up her stern, and sending her forward with a gentle impulse.