Modern day lakatoi at the Hiri Moale Festival, a modern celebration of the previous Hiri trade cycle.

Lakatoi (also Lagatoi) are multiple-hulled[1] sailing watercraft of Papua New Guinea.[2] They are named in the Motu language and traditionally used in the Hiri trade cycle.[3]

Lakatoi (whose literal meaning is three dugouts) are fashioned from two or more dugout logs fastened together to give stability and cargo-carrying capacity.[1] The two or more dugouts are joined by booms, with a platform built on top.[4] The sail is a crab-claw sail.[5] Horridge (2008)[6] discusses the rig and how the craft is manouvred.


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  1. ^ a b Mahdi, W. (1999). "The dispersal of Austronesian boat forms in the Indian Ocean" (PDF). Archaeology & language III, Artefacts, languages and texts: 144–208.
  2. ^ "Journal of the Polynesian Society: Front Matter P 1-6". Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  3. ^ "Motuan traders go west in their Lakatoi". II(8) Pacific Islands Monthly. 11 March 1932. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  4. ^ Pawley, A., & Pawley, M. (1998). "Canoes and seafaring" (PDF). The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: The Culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society 1: Material Culture. Pacific Linguistics.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Motuan Traders Abandon Ancient Lakatoi Custom". Pacific Islands Monthly. 1935-02-21. Retrieved 2024-03-18.
  6. ^ Horridge, A (2008). "Origins and Relationships of Pacific Canoes and Rigs" (PDF). Canoes of Oceania. V: 85–105.