Outrigger Canoe Terminology

Some parts of the outrigger sailing canoe simply do not have very descriptive names in the English language. Every Pacific island group has its own language and, hence, different names for the parts of their canoes. table below gives you at least an idea of some of these names. Also, for any other terms with which you are not familiar, refer to the glossary section.

English Hawaii Tahiti New Zealand Marshall Islands
Main Hull wa’a va’a waka Wa
Outrigger Float ama ama ama Kubaak
Outrigger Boom iako iato kiato apet, kie



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