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Records & Resolutions: Bolt 18 uses Centaur charger in a novel way

As Marianka said in the first Victron blog of 2015: “First of all: we wish everyone a very happy New Year! We hope 2015 will be powerful and innovating.”

Likewise, I bid you all the same and hope you have been lucky enough to receive one of Marianka’s superb Victron 2015 Calendars.

Innovation and Power

This is the theme of my first blog for the new year. Over the holiday period I was privileged to meet David Gray C.Eng MRINA SNAME MYDSA, of Mylne Yacht Design. David is also Chief Naval Architect of their sister company Ace Marine Limited.

The highlight of the day for me as an an electric sailing yacht owner and sailor, was seeing the Mylne Bolt 18, all electric propulsion Superyacht tender, in the flesh. A photo of this classic looking tender, styled and built in a modern package can be seen in the headline image above, whilst berthed in Monaco.

Mylne have a fabulous pedigree going back to 1896 with over 650 original designs, 7,000 original drawings + technical papers and original correspondence books in the Mylne archive, which represents one of the most important historical yachting records in the world.

Out with the old and in with the new

That may well be the greeting for the new year, but that is certainly not the case with the Mylne boats. Here are a few photos of their classics first, to whet your appetite, before we see how the modern Bolt 18 uses a Victron Centaur charger in a novel and interesting way.






Bolt 18 using Centaur 12/20 charger

Here in David’s words is how the Centaur has been integrated into the Bolt 18 and the novel way in which it is being used.

“The Victron battery charger is a nice piece of kit and gives us 3 usefully powerful 12V sources. The charger not only charges the small 12V motorcycle battery (top right of photo below) but also provides the power for the lighting, bilge pumps, search lamp and other current hungry house loads on the boat. It very usefully runs from 220V AC when the boat is plugged into the mains, but also continues to operate on 400V DC from the main 400V boat’s 24 kW Lithium battery, when this is brought online. This changeover is achieved through a dedicated system controlled relay.”

“When the system is turned on the little 12V battery first closes the pre-charge contactor. This allows the 400V to flow into the controller through a 50 ohm resister (max 8 amps) to charge up the capacitors in the controller. Once the capacitors have been charged (within a second or two), the main contactor is then allowed to close and the system is live.”

Centaur 12-20 charger

The photo above shows the Centaur tucked away in the port/forward side underneath the bow. Here are Bolt’s specs which gives us some idea of the ever increasing power demands in modern systems.

Lithium-ion battery

Electric Motor

Motor Controller


The still shot below is from when the Mylne Bolt was launched in 2012 in St. Tropez. Subsequently she went on to set set the British Water Speed Record at 32.77mph for the National “Unrestricted Electric Runabout” class. To see how she goes at speed, do have a look at her launch video as she blasts along at over 30 + knots, with phenomenal acceleration to boot.



What about you? Do you make new year resolutions? Personally I don’t but let’s sow a seed here for 2015. If you have interesting designs and dreams like David that come to fruition, we’d love to hear from you, especially if they use Victron Energy products.

If you do then I’ll leave you with a thought from an interview by Sail Far Live Free, with noted ocean sailor Andy Schell from 59-North.

” In fact once you announce your dreams to the world, you’re now accountable for them, and they become easier to accomplish. The idea that the universe conspires to help you once you’ve announced your intentions, I believe, is a real thing.”


Let’s leave you with some more inspiration from Mylne. The Carbon Jet 685  was inspired by and for the new Palmer Johnson SuperSport 48 and her yacht tender is especially designed to meet the owners very exacting requirements of speed, comfort and safety.

The new Mylne Carbon Jet 685 will carry guests and crew in exquisite luxury and comfort. This new design from the Mylne drawing board has now been delivered by Patterson Boatworks in Cumbria, England.

Mother ship – Palmer Johnson SuperSport 48

Palmer Johnson SuperSport 48


The mother ship’s tender being launched – Carbon Jet 685

Carbon Jet 685-launch


Wishing you all the best for 2015 and looking forward to seeing how you integrate Victron Energy products into your designs and systems in 2015 and beyond.

John Rushworth


Thanks to David Gray for his time and the images above, which are courtesy and copyright © Mylne Yacht Design.


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