E.M. Crosby Boatworks 2017-10-21T07:18:12+00:00


Preserving a Legacy of Local Boat Building

Welcome to the website of E.M. Crosby Boatworks, the boatyard of Ned Crosby. Belonging to the eighth generation of a family long noted for craftsmanship, integrity and pure Yankee ingenuity, Edward “Ned” M. Crosby, Jr. perpetuates a legacy of local boatbuilding begun in the 1700’s on Cape Cod. Along with his employees at E.M. Crosby Boatworks, Ned continues to offer services to mid-Cape boat owners in the spirit of two family traditions:

Boatbuilding – Ned’s great-great-grandfather, Horace, has been widely celebrated for having designed and built the first of what became known as the iconic Crosby Catboat. His great-great uncle H. Manley designed the legendary Wianno Senior.

Full Yard Services and Custom Boatbuilding – Ned’s grandfather, Chester, along with his father, Eddie, and uncle, Bookie, forged a sterling reputation for the complete care and maintenance of all kinds of vessels with exceptional customer service. This yard also produced custom boats which can be seen in the three bays of Osterville today.

First opened for business in November of 2001, Ned’s shop is located in West Barnstable, inland and central, just five miles from its predecessors, which historically lined the passage between Osterville’s two primary harbor’s, West Bay and North Bay.

With eight generations of boatbuilding, it is obviously in the blood.  Ned not only continues the family tradition of building exceptional watercraft and keeping boat owners’ beloved possessions well-maintained, he and his boat yard employees also maintain the Crosby family’s old-fashioned values of working hard and providing honest and sincere service.

This website provides both an overview of the services E.M. Crosby Boatworks offers, plus a scrapbook of sorts.  Projects on this site feature vessels built and restored by Ned and his shop workers, most are on a grander scale; however, the shop also provides a brokerage service and performs minor repairs on boats both large and small.

For lovers of maritime history, we have also included many photos of the Crosby boat builders and the boats they built, loved and maintained.  Interested in learning more about the Crosby boat building family?  Visit the Boat Shop Museum at the Osterville Historical Museum in Osterville, MA.

For more information about E.M. Crosby Boatworks, please call (508-362-7100) or email us.

Wishing you fair winds and following seas…

“There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity” – Thomas Gibbons

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