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Outboards and sailboat balance question

Does having an outboard on a small sailboat unbalance the boat and cause pitching?

I was told in another place that having a 90 lb outboard on a 19 foot sailboat would unbalance the boat and cause pitching and hobby horse actions.

I have not noticed this with a 60 pounder and two people at the stern in the cockpit, but again I don't tend to sail in conditions where the wave heights are high enough to cause pitching because my only sailing partner is the admiral, and conditions like that scare her.

Can this be balanced by adding movable ballast forward to the center post or to the bow, or by hiring a 65 pound kid to move around inside the cabin?
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