Out there with him

benjaminbosquier

Senior Member
français - France
I'd like to know if "him" (out there with him) in the following excerpt from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald refers to the boat:
On the green Sound, stagnant in the heat, one small sail crawled slowly toward the fresher sea. Gatsby’s eyes followed it momentarily (...) Slowly the white wings of the boat moved against the blue cool limit of the sky. (...)
“There’s sport for you,” said Tom, nodding. “I’d like to be out there with him for about an hour.”

Thank you.
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    No. It means the person sailing the boat. Boats/ships are often referred to as female and it would be “I’d like to be out there in her/sailing her for about an hour.”
     
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