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I think it depends on the dingy and motor. If you have a 8' dingy with a 2.5hp, you can sit on top of it and steer. With a 10' and 15hp, you need to be more braced but either side works. The tiller handle is still close to your body.
I have a 13' aluminum with a 30hp motor and pretty much insist the driver sit on the port side. You need to wedge your feet in under the opposite tube and REALLY hold on to the tiller. You can't effectively sit on the starboard side and reach that far across the boat and brace yourself at the same time. It's the difference in the tiller. I think the new Evenrude motors have tillers that are centered, so then I wouldn't care. Also, access to the sifter hasn't ever bothered me from the port side. I typically stand up and shift/maneuver. I don't need to give the dink any throttle when I'm shifting so it won't throw me off. One last point would be that my prop thrust must be different then most because it lifts the port side when accelerating.