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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