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It was like watching someone pulling home a cow or a water buffalo to its pen. Except this wasn't any of the beasts of burden. This was a whaler.

A whaler is a oars-driven boat with twin dismountable masts and sails. When there is no wind to ride or tack into, up to 14 oarsmen could drive this boat to port.

Once at port, there is a thing about anchoring and keeping it from drifting closer to the beach or going around its anchor like a dog chasing its tail.

After anchoring the whaler, Wan, an Outward Bound School junior instructor in Lumut, Perak pulls the whaler closer to shore before tying the line to a pin or a tree, in a straight line with a little slack, to keep it in place.

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