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On one side. Example do you have a bunch of sails and if so are the all stacked on top of each other on one side? How about water tanks? If you have one on each side, is one filled more than the other? If you have 40 (2x20 gal tanks) gallons of water, and only on of the tanks is filled, that's an extra 160 lbs on one side. That might not seem like a lot, but that is the equivalent of a extra person on that side. Another easy way to tell if you have extra weight on one side versus the other is to take a float around your boat and look at the hull, does one side list a little more than the other? If so that could mean that side has more weight.
A good starting point, before you look at the rigging, is to see if you have an unbalanced load of stuff on one side of the boat, especially towards the bow. If so, redistribute and try again (sailing) and see if that helps. If it doesn't then look at the rigging.
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