I just have no ideas of what "further up the coast" means.

I know every word of the sentence but it's still all Greek to me.

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    You could rewrite it like this: The boat turned away from the rest of the group in order to go up to to the shore some distance more along the coastline.
    – Jim
    Oct 30 '13 at 5:55
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    Technically, it should be “... farther up the coast.” Oct 30 '13 at 6:06
  • TJY - I'm not sure what you mean by "technically;" many dictionaries acknowledge that farther can be used in place of further, although it's apparently a contentious issue among etymological experts. See the very interesting Usage Note here.
    – J.R.
    Oct 30 '13 at 9:03
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    @Tristan I've always just assumed y'all don't use "farther" because it would sound like "father" in y'all's non-rhotic accents. Oct 30 '13 at 15:08
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    @J.R. FWIW, ELU agrees with me even if ELL doesn't. I'd rather align myself here, among the free. Oct 30 '13 at 15:23

Here you go:

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Point A is a point on the coast. Point B is a point "further up the coast".

Note: The word point here refers to "a particular spot, place, or position in an area or on a map" (NOAD Def. 3) not "a narrow piece of land jutting out into a lake or ocean" (NOAD Def. 7) Referring to the latter definition, we could say that Point B is quite near the point.

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