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Outbboard motor location

I am mounting an outboard motor to one side of my boat (trimaran) and have noticed that most off-set engines are to port. Can anyone explain why? Propellor torque? Universal steering handle location (port side of engine)? Does portside mounting compensate for steering bias?
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I don't believe there's any particular reason for mounting the engine to the port side, but I could be wrong.

Just out of curiousity, what trimaran do you have? I sail a 28' trimaran and am always curious what other multihulls are out there.
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one possible reason

Port side could make it easier to put the motor on and take it off the motor mount transom, since it is closer to the dock. Port-side, right? My C-22 is set up that way. the downside on a monohull is the the boat favors a port tack when close hauled because of the extra ballast. In a race you have given up your Starboard tack advantage in order to point higher. At least on my boat, but certainly not on yours!
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Just offhand, the Hunter water ballast boats have theirs on the starboard side, as does the Catalina 250.
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odd one out?

Mine is on the starboard side (monohull). Probably due to the starboard tack advantage (never really thought about it because I dont race) but maybe just random - not sure. I do know that I hit my head on a bracket on the pushpit rail everytime I tilt it out of the water!
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Think about pull-starting your engine. Mounted to port, you can hold the top of your engine steady with your left hand, and easily pull the starter cord with your right. Mounted to starboard, you'd do the reverse. Are you right or left-handed?
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On my Capri 22, the access to the inside of the transom is better on the starbord side, favoring starbord mounting. Also, being right handed, I seem to get better purchase on the starter rope. My fuel storage is to port partially offseting the weight of the outboard.

Basically, I think outboards are mounted in the place where mounting is easiest.
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