I've been using solar panels, both to maintain the batteries over the winter and to power the refrigerator and recharge the batteries over the summer... If you size the system properly, it works quite well. I'd highly recommend you read the primer on Solar Power on Boats I wrote, which you can find here
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.