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 for To haul the tacks aboard
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aboard \A*board"\, adv. [Pref. a- on, in + board.]
     1. On board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or
        within a railway car.
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     2. Alongside; as, close aboard.
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     To fall aboard of, to strike a ship's side; to fall foul
     To haul the tacks aboard, to set the courses.
     To keep the land aboard, to hug the shore.
     To lay (a ship) aboard, to place one's own ship close
        alongside of (a ship) for fighting.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tack \Tack\, n. [OE. tak, takke, a fastening; akin to D. tak a
     branch, twig, G. zacke a twig, prong, spike, Dan. takke a
     tack, spike; cf. also Sw. tagg prickle, point, Icel. t[=a]g a
     willow twig, Ir. taca a peg, nail, fastening, Gael. tacaid,
     Armor. & Corn. tach; perhaps akin to E. take. Cf. Attach,
     Attack, Detach, Tag an end, Zigzag.]
     1. A small, short, sharp-pointed nail, usually having a
        broad, flat head.
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     2. That which is attached; a supplement; an appendix. See
        Tack, v. t., 3. --Macaulay.
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              Some tacks had been made to money bills in King
              Charles's time.                       --Bp. Burnet.
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     3. (Naut.)
        (a) A rope used to hold in place the foremost lower
            corners of the courses when the vessel is closehauled
            (see Illust. of Ship); also, a rope employed to pull
            the lower corner of a studding sail to the boom.
        (b) The part of a sail to which the tack is usually
            fastened; the foremost lower corner of fore-and-aft
            sails, as of schooners (see Illust. of Sail).
        (c) The direction of a vessel in regard to the trim of her
            sails; as, the starboard tack, or port tack; -- the
            former when she is closehauled with the wind on her
            starboard side; hence, the run of a vessel on one
            tack; also, a change of direction; as, to take a
            different tack; -- often used metaphorically.
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     4. (Scots Law) A contract by which the use of a thing is set,
        or let, for hire; a lease. --Burrill.
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     5. Confidence; reliance. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     Tack of a flag (Naut.), a line spliced into the eye at the
        foot of the hoist for securing the flag to the halyards.
     Tack pins (Naut.), belaying pins; -- also called jack
     To haul the tacks aboard (Naut.), to set the courses.
     To hold tack, to last or hold out. --Milton.
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