Having the sails furled and the helm lashed alee, as during a storm. (adverb)
Examples of word ahull
As I have already said, the ship under her large low-reefed top-sail and fore stay-sail has been brought ahull, that is to say, she copes directly with the wind, by presenting her broad bows to the sea; and so we go on still drift, drift, continually to the south.
Now that lying ahull has proved to be disastrous, the men decide to start the engine and try to get their bow back into the seas.
Dusk is closing in on the beleaguered sailors when Jerry shouts through the wind, “We should try letting her lie ahull!”
The engine power seems to have little effect in the growing seas, and Tom decides to lie ahull, turning off the engine and letting the boat simply ride the waves.
In these conditions some skippers would never lie ahull.