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My previous summer pass time was riding motorcycles.
The first time I got in a dinghy, I sat on port and tried to steer with my right hand.
The throttle of an outboard feels a lot like a motorcycle throttle.
The throttle of an outboard works opposite of a motorcycle throttle. It rolls away from you to decelerate, towards you to accelerate exactly in opposition to what a motorcyclist "knows".
Ever heard of a learning principle called the law of primacy? It says you'll revert to what you learned first when under stress.
So, of course when I was aimed right at a piling, I slammed the throttle "shut" which was actually wide full open. Fortunately, I only had about 2 feet to gather speed before center punching the piling.
I sit on starboard and steer left handed now. No Problem!
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36