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.