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Amatasi are a type of Samoan double[1] outrigger canoe watercraft.[2] Its sails were woven pandanus leaves tied to 2 spars.[1] The hull was sometimes built of planks.[1] Lashed together, large double canoes 30–60 feet long could carry 25 men hundreds of miles.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Polynesian sailing vessels: Amatasi of Sāmoa". Polynesian Voyaging Society Archives. Retrieved January 2015. The amatasi had sails made of woven pandanus leaves tied to 2 spars. The hull of the pictured amatasi is the va'a alo built of planks to hunt bonito fish. It is a swift, deep-sea vessel. Lashed together, large double canoes 30-60 feet long could carry 25 men hundreds of miles in the Samoa-Tonga area. From a 1972 calendar in the Archives. 
  2. ^ Taonui, Rāwiri (22 September 2012). Canoe navigation - Waka – canoes', Te Ara"'".  

External links

  • Amatasi Image at Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
  • Modern day model by Francis Pimmel
  • amatasiPlan drawing of an

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