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post #7 of Old 02-23-2004
elhanley
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arcane nautical terms

Back to why the steering oar is mounted on the starboard side: to accommodate right-handed helmsmen, like me. I sail a 30 footer w/ tiller. On stbd tack, my right hand, further from the rudder post (fulcrum), does all the work, with my left loafing; on port, they feel very balanced, with the strong arm carrying slightly more than the weaker. Of course, the Autohelm pretty much moots the whole thing.
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