John Rushworth's Excellent Adventures

Victoria 800 sailing yacht for sale

Sailing Yacht Elektra is a Chuck Paine designed Victoria 800 built by Victoria Yachts Ltd., Warsash, Hampshire. She is the last of a classic line, which were originally built as the Frances 26, Morris 26 and latterly the Victoria 26 - prior to the most recent version, the Victoria 800.

Her build was completed on the 16th October 1996. Originally fitted with a Volvo Penta 10 hp sailing auxiliary diesel, Elektra has since been converted to a serial electric hybrid, utilising a Lynch D135 electric motor and a Honda generator range extender. This conversion was then MCA coded to CAT 2, surveyed and valued at £33,000 in 2013 with a view to using her for electric propulsion sailing experience days on a commercial basis. Due to my changing health such charters didn't happen, resulting in Elektra never been used commercially.


Further upgrades, after that valuation and coding were implemented for comfort, longevity and ease of use for pleasure sailing. Full details of the conversion and upgrade process are available on the public community page at:

After the upgrades, which included Lithium-ion propulsion batteries, Victron Energy asked me if they could feature Elektra in their marine brochure. I was flattered to be asked and happy to say yes. You can see the upgrades here:

Elektra is now for sale and I'm open to reasonable offers. Interested persons can contact me (John Rushworth) in the first instance by sending an instant message via my Facebook page:


About - John Rushworth

John Rushworth is a skipper and marine engineer. He is also a journalist and motorcyclist.

John holds an RYA/MCA CoC (Certificate of Competence) for both power and sail, STCW commercially endorsed to 200gt along with an MEOL (Y) in Marine Engineering. These are to the standards laid down by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) along with those of the International Convention on STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping).

In his twenties he was a Royal Navy marine engineering artificer, thirties an ROV pilot/supervisor, forties an IT consultant, motorcycle journalist, tester and tour guide in the UK, Andorra, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, California and Mexico.

When fifty dawned he became a health and fitness instructor, qualifying with YMCAfit to CYQ Level 2, Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym - all for fun and to find out what all that training was doing to his body! John is also a masters swimmer.

Vessels John has worked on and skippered in recent years include :- Llandudno Bay, Penrhos Bay, Wylfa Head, Carmel Head, Colwyn Bay, Cemaes Bay, Porth Dinllaen and RV Calunus.

In 2011 John ceased work as a commercial skipper due to changing health and in 2012 started converting a Victoria 800 sailing yacht (based on the Frances 26 designed by Chuck Paine) to electric propulsion using an axial gap, PM (Permanent Magnet) electric motor from the Lynch Motor Company Ltd.


Since 2013 John has been writing and blogging. Here is an example article; 'Sailing Silence' in Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International. Currently John is blogging for Victron Energy and enjoying his Scott E-Aspect 720 electric mountain bike. His next adventure is to travel a little by land, rather than sea. Once sailing yacht Elektra is sold, John intends to replace his hobby of sailing with motorhoming and cycling.