This is a weird one !!!
Situation is... I have an older Bertram that is still on 32v, thus two 32v banks. Each made from 4-8v LA batteries.
1 - I had a factory make one solar
panel that has a Vm of 45.3v
2 - I have a Victron battery
3 - On each out of the battery
isolator, I installed a solar
charge controller to each bank that has an Absorb setting of 38v, and a Float of 35.9v.
All is working well... Batteries always topped up !
The first thing that is puzzling me, is that the 32v banks are what is called a "Floating Ground". There is no direct ground to the bonding strip on engine
BUT... The 32v alternators are grounded to the engines...
Here is where I am scratching my head
... As I have a combiner box for the 24v bank, it has lightening suppression where I run a ground down, and ground it. If I were to install a combiner box with a second panel for the 32v system, it also has a lightening suppression unit inside... Would grounding in the same place as the 24v bank somehow effect the 12v or 24v systems.
I have spoke with several marine
electricians, and like with all grounding issues. I receive several different answers. Bertram has yet to reply.
I am a real world person, and now I would like to see what real world users have to say on this matter.