Vaka (sailing)

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A doubled hulled vaka in Rarotonga.

The vaka is the main hull of a multihull vessel.[1]

Origin and use of the term[edit]

The term vaka comes from the pronunciation of the word waka and is derived from Polynesian, Malay and Micronesian languages for a 'canoe', 'ship' or 'boat.'

Other parts of a traditional vaka can include the aka and ama (outrigger).

A proa consists of a vaka, the main canoe-like hull; an ama, the outrigger; and akas, the poles connecting the ama to the vaka.[1] The trimaran uses the same terminology, with a center vaka and amas and akas on each side. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "A primer on proas". Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  2. ^ "The Tridarka Raider". Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-10-30.