Joule Marine


Marine Surveys in Hawaii and CaliforniaElectric drivetrain & Eco Repower Consulting

Ralph C Royer

Accredited Surveyorof the ACMS

As an accredited surveyor through the Association of Certified Marine Surveyors (ACMS), Ralph evaluates a vessel's safety and compliance to US Coastguard regulations and ABYC standards.


      a marine survey


  • We abide by ABYC and ACMS standards





Get To Know SV Quo

After the purchase in 2016 and a subsequent 4 year refitting, SV Quo is a first-of-it’s-kind. Originally an Alan Payne design for Columbia Yachts, Columbia 10.7 (~35'-2"), Quo was intended as a blue water "Super Cruiser." She is now a completely refurbished and modernly updated sailboat re-powered with a DS Zero electric motor.

Kitchen, water, and comfort power are stored in a bank of 680-AH LiFePo batteries. A separate 18KW powertrain battery supplies energy for the electric motor.

We’re out here in the Pacific Ocean testing—and proving—that boats can be self-contained over large distances without using fuels that accompany traditional combustion engines.



Sail Highlights

Journey to The Hawaiian Islands

My deep appreciation for those that have supported me and SV Quo’s zero emission maiden voyage to the Hawaiian Islands from Santa Cruz. Without fossil fuels, propelled by sun, wind, and sea salt.

Green Grass during Sunset

Solar-Powered Sailing

All of the features on Quo are powered by solar panel or electric battery, and I've outfitted her with a Zero Electric motor to propel her into a greener way of sailing. I believe our nautical practices can be much more environmentally sustainable and I aim to help sailors get there.

Recycled Sail Cloth Creations

As part of the greener sailing effort, I've taken up fashioning a bricolage of accessories out of leftover boat sails. So far I've fashioned some canvas sail bags, frisbees for my corgi, and any everyday tool I can think up. Another site is in the works!

     Ralph has been tinkering and taking toasters apart since he can remember and built RCR Fabrication and Design to bring his creations and quality metal work to his customers. His ornate staircases and railings can be seen all around the Bay Area and many know him as the talented welding instructor from our local college. However, recently his fascination with boats and their inter-workings has led him to an aquatic-oriented business. Joule Marine is the product of a love for design and dedication to environmental sustainability. SV Quo was his first endeavor to construct a completely self-sustaining vessel operated by solar energy. Now he's committed to helping other sailors embark on greener nautical adventures.


Captain Ralph Royer




Contact Details

RCR Fabrication and Design

Email Address

r2rcrfab@gmail.com

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