I have one on my boat, and it is a nice thing to have. I have it setup so that if either side is charging, it will bridge and both banks will charge off of the single source. For instance, the starting bank is connected to the alternator, and if the boat is under power, the house bank will be connected so that the alternator will charge both house and starting banks. The solar panels are connected to the house bank, and if they come on-line, the ACR will bridge both banks and allow the starting bank to charge off the solar panels.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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