Story: Canoe navigation

A Fijian ndrua (1st of 2)

A Fijian ndrua

A ndrua was essentially a very large outrigger. In this photograph it is easy to see the difference in length between the main and secondary hulls. The longer main hull bore the weight of goods and people, while the shorter hull stabilised the vessel and allowed quick turning. Large ndrua were used on ocean-voyaging trips. Although they could not carry as much as double-hulled designs, they were more manoeuvrable.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe navigation - Waka – canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005