About Us


Our close working relationships with marina management and service yards within a 50-mile radius provide an extra convenience for our customers. Often we can schedule our services to coordinate with other services such as hauling, launching, engine work, etc. Many times, this coordination can mean savings for the customer. Using only professionally tested products, you can be assured that our highly trained staff knows which products to use on each type of finish and/or problem area. All of our staff receives extensive training from the owners. They are then closely supervised until we are confident they meet our standards. As part of our Quality Assurance Program, all work is completed by teams of detailers, each with a highly trained and experienced Team Leader. Once a job is completed, a tag is filled out and left for the owner with details of all work completed. We understand the investment you have in your yacht. With The Royal Touch, you can be assured that we have the experience, professionalism, and reputation to help you protect your valued investment.

With The Royal Touch all work is guaranteed and we are fully insured. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

To thank our customers, we offer a referral program in addition to special discounts throughout the year on special maintenance programs – Tell a friend and receive 5% off your next service. We understand the investment you have in your yacht. With The Royal Touch, you can be assured that we have the experience, professionalism, and reputation to help you protect your valued investment.



Captain Robert L. Farley grew up on the Chesapeake Bay boating with his
father, a Commander in the US Navy. At 18, he enlisted in the Navy himself,
and over the 20 years that he spent serving his country, he was responsible
for the safe and efficient operation of two nuclear reactors and all support
equipment aboard USS Enterprise CVN-65, USS Nimitz CVN-68 and USS Ronald
Reagan CVN-76. He was also the Chief Machinery Operator aboard USS
Enterprise CVN-65. In 2006 he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty
Officer. Throughout his career he has earned one Navy Commendation Medal,
and Three Navy Achievement Medals. In June of 2007, he retired as a Senior
Chief Machinist Mate (E-8) with over 20 years of mechanical experience.

His education included general physics, heat transfer and fluid flow,
nuclear reactor engineering, atomic and nuclear physics, radiation
protection technology, general chemistry and principles of materials,
technical mathematics, applied thermodynamics and heat transfer, power plant
systems, hydraulic systems, and steam plant maintenance including principles
and practices.

He and his wife have owned their own boat since 1998, and have done
extensive cruising of the Chesapeake Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway. They
currently cruise the coastal S.C. area waters.

In 2004, Captain Bob obtained his Master Captain’s License. Working with
Coastal Carolina Yacht Sales, Regal Marine Industries, Egg Harbor Yachts and
private yacht owners, he has made successful deliveries of recreational
vessels ranging from 32 to 72 feet. He has made deliveries from and to the
Florida Keys, Bahamas and Abacos, and as far north as Maine. He is an expert
in both off shore navigation and Intracoastal Waterway routes, and has
logged over 55,000 nautical miles in deliveries. He is the permanent
Captain for several yacht owners in the Charleston area, and is available
for both instructional classes for you and your crew aboard your vessel, and
long and short term yacht deliveries. Further information, resume and
references are available upon request.



Cheryl Farley grew up on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Through
both summer sea camps and her family, her passion for both art and the sea
developed. After attending college for Graphic Design, she met and married
her husband of now 30 years, Robert Farley.

Cheryl attended floral design school at the age of 14, and earned her Certificate
of Design. She was the youngest student ever to attend the classes at that time.
In 1989, she accepted a position at a family owned interior décor and garden
center business in Newport News, Virginia. Over the 13 years of employment
there, she was promoted from Floral Designer to Retail Manager. Her
responsibilities included attending gift shows, purchasing merchandise and
furnishings for the store, overseeing the construction of displays, as well as
day to day management duties. She has done floral arrangements for
numerous weddings and occasions, including the floral décor for Pat Robertson
(700 Club), Stacy Smith (Stacy Smith & Associates, P.C .- Music and Film Industries
Manager) and NASCAR star Kurt Busch. Her experiences there helped her become
skilled at the important things about small business, especially customer service.

In 1998 they purchased their first boat, and she was hooked! Working with the
Regal Boats dealer in Virginia, she started The Royal Touch Marine Detailing
Services, providing both detailing of private vessels and prepping of boats for the

In 2004, she moved with her husband to Charleston, SC for his last tour of duty in
the Navy. Here she re-discovered her passion for the sea and art, and currently
has a sculpture of King Neptune himself on display at the American Visionary Art
Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Working with local dealers, yacht brokers, and private yacht owners, she again
started The Royal Touch in Charleston, SC, working to expand the business to what
it is today. She currently sees to the day to day operations of the business and
oversees the Graphics Department, where she creates and installs lettering and design for boats, cars, trucks, and signage materials.


Katelyn (Farley) Kelley grew up boating the Chesapeake Bay with her parents Bob and Cheryl and continues to enjoy time on the water here in Charleston. She learned the importance of cleanliness and proper boat maintenance at a young age. She made the trip from Virginia to Charleston via AICWW when she was only 14years old. She has crewed alongside her father delivering boats up and down the east coast.

She truly enjoys putting her boating and service skills to use helping clients keep their Yachts in the best condition possible. Making vital recommendations and keeping owners aware of what’s going on “topside” make her an invaluable part of The Royal Touch in her role as Crew Supervisor.

She also has a love and passion for being on the radio!! You can hear her at times announcing special appearances part time for Kickin’ 92 radio as Promotions and Events coordinator!!

She sees to the day to day operations of the cleaning crew, making sure that each boat and customer is taken care of with top notch Royal Touch service.

While away from boats she is busy raising her son and caring for their rescue dog “Chance”!!