- To force a sailing vessel to improve tack by falling the lee-anchor and hauling into the anchor cable to swing the stern to windward.
- to hold the other tack by losing the lee anchor once the wind is out of the sails (which brings the vessel's head to the wind), and by cutting the cable as soon as she pays off on the other tack. Clubhauling is attempted only in an exigency.
- Nautical, to tack (a ship) whenever vulnerable to lacking remains and drifting ashore, by letting go the lee anchor as soon as the ship's mind comes into the wind, then evoking the vessel to settle in the correct way by hauling on a hawser formerly connected to the anchor and led in on the lee one-fourth. The hawser is then slashed, and, the sails being cut, the ship appears off in the new tack.