At DC-Power Solutions, we partner with Ocean Planet Energy, led by the renowned Bruce Schwab and his team, located in Bath, Maine. Alongside our East Coast counterparts, we also supply components from Beta Marine, Cummins, Lombardini, Nanni, Perkins, Vetus, Volvo, Westerbeke, and Yanmar. Going forward, this is a list we certainly hope to grow!
As an adolescent Bruce spent two years cruising with his father and brothers. Afterwards, settling in Northern California he led the Rigging Shop at Svendsens Marine from 1981 to 2000. During this time he restored his 1930 30sq Meter “Rumbleseat” (now based in Tortola as “Diva”).
After winning many crewed, double-handed, and solo sailing races, including the 1996 Singlehanded Transpac aboard Rumbleseat, he retired from Svendsens to oversee the design & building of the all-American Open 60 OceanPlanet. After completing his first circumnavigation in the 2002/2003 Around Alone Race, he came to Portland, Maine to refit OceanPlanet for the 2004/2005 Vendee Globe Race (solo, nonstop, around the world).
On February 25, 2005, Bruce became the first American in history to officially finish the Vendee Globe with a time of 109 days and 20 hours. Since then, Bruce has devoted himself to providing clients anywhere in the world with the best marine energy storage and charging systems through the business he developed in Bath, ME OceanPlanet Energy. Now living in the mid-coast town of Woolwich, Maine, Bruce is an avid bicycle racer and regularly plays his collection of acoustic guitars.