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When charging- Engine on Forward or Neutral?

On an offshore trip we had to charge the battery twice a day for an hour with the alternator on the engine. The captain ran the engine with the gear on neutral.
It was on a leisure sail to Bermuda, not a race. The boat was moving nicely on a broad reach.
Is there any good reason not to charge on a forward drive?
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