The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results
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1) To moor a boat in the shallows so that when the tide falls the boat is left high and dry, for the purpose of cleaning and repairing the bottom. 2) To secure a boat to a seawall where the bottom is exposed at low tide, for the same purpose; as in “We can’t afford to haul the boat, so we’ll have to careen her.” 3) To haul a boat onto a beach, for the same purpose. Note: from the French "carene" meaning "keel".