Outboard: port or starboard?

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by jpriestley, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. jpriestley
    Joined: Oct 2006
    Posts: 3
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Maine

    jpriestley New Member

    I am about to mount an outboard engine off centerline on a 40' trimaran and need to choose which side. Most installations are port side, but I have seen starboard, too. Anyone know if there is a difference, and, if so, why?
  2. Jimbo1490
    Joined: Jun 2005
    Posts: 785
    Likes: 41, Points: 28, Legacy Rep: 527
    Location: Orlando, FL

    Jimbo1490 Senior Member

    Since thrust will be off center, the boat will drift opposite the side the motor is on if the helm is ever left unattended. In that case you want to drift toward starboard, which calls for port side mounting.

    That's the way I see it anyway.

Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.