AMAS or OUTRIGGERS

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Amador, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Amador
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    Amador Junior Member

    Dear Colleagues,

    Reading the book " ALL ABOUT POWERBOATS " author Roger Marshall, page 35
    there is a word " AMAS" , he writes " amas or outrigger ".
    My question : what is the meaning of " amas,is it a word or one abbreviation?

    Please send me some help.
    Thank you
    Amador:confused:
     
  2. Anau
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    Anau Junior Member

    I believe ama is the Hawaiian word for the outrigger float.
     
  3. Crag Cay
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    Crag Cay Senior Member

    A trimaran consists of a main hull (vaka) and two smaller outrigger hulls (amas), attached to the main hull with lateral struts (akas). The design and names for the trimaran components are derived from the original proas constructed by native Pacific Islanders.

    Only 'amas' has really become established in everyday nautical language. It's common to refer to the parts as the mainhull, cross beams and amas.

    I think only volcanology borrows as readily from the languages of the Pacific. I can still spot pahoehoe and aa type lava at twenty paces, years after last sitting in an engineering geology class.
     

  4. Amador
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    Amador Junior Member

    Thank you for the prompt answers.
    Regards
    Amador
     
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