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Meet the Crew 2017-10-21T08:01:36+00:00

NED CROSBY

I had the privilege of being born into a boatbuilding/boatyard family.  That meant being exposed to every facet of a boatyard throughout my younger years.  A large part of that was witnessing and absorbing the importance of the relationship with both customers and employees.  Even today, when I see someone who used to work at Chester A. Crosby’s back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, they always comment on how wonderful that time was.

After high school, the yard was sold and I went off to college.  I was away from the family’s old yard for approximately six years.  During that time away I explored different career opportunities; however, by the mid ‘90’s I was back at the yard building Haven 12-1/2’s with a couple men who had been working at the yard when I was born.

In 1998, I ventured away from the comforts of Osterville and became a partner at Howard Boats on the north side of the Cape.  It proved a valuable, but brief, experience.  It only took a few years to realize I belonged back on the south side of the Cape … in Osterville.

It was 2001 when I formed and incorporated E.M.Crosby Boatworks.  We started small, with one building in West Barnstable and three employees, including me.  By 2009, we had nine employees while we built our Crosby 38.  As the years have passed, the yard has matured into a loyal service yard with over 100 boats.  Supplementing our service fleet has been a wide variety of building and restoration projects.  We are very comfortable where we are as a business.

Comfortable enough, in fact, that I was able to spend last year away from the shop fulfilling my 20+ year dream to go cruising with my family.  We were gone 11-1/2 months, traveling as far south as the Grenadines and over 7000 miles.

While away from the shop, I was able to think about our business with a much wider perspective.  Collectively, we have decided to re-shape E.M.Crosby Boatworks …we will be moving our operations back to the Osterville waterfront.

A year-long voyage of discovery has come to an end

THE E.M. CROSBY BOATWORKS CREW

CAPTAIN CHARLIE CROSBY
CAPTAIN CHARLIE CROSBY
Captain Charlie Crosby, (his father, Bookie, and Ned’s father, Eddie, were brothers and partners in the family business Chester A. Crosby & Sons), Crew Member at E.M.Crosby Boatworks, holds his 500 Tons Masters License from the US Coast Guard.  Found most often at the helm of the shop tug, “Admiral”, Charlie remembers fondly working with his cousin Teddy Crosby repairing the Seniors at E.M. Crosby’s.  As far back as he can remember, Charlie has always wanted to work on the water.  Chester A. Crosby & Sons provided him with a good foundation before working with his father for many years on the various harbor tugs up to 2000 horsepower.  After a time working at the Cape Cod Canal Army Corps of Engineers, Charlie came to E.M.Crosby Boatworks in 2008. 
KAREN CROSBY
KAREN CROSBY
Karen Crosby, the older of Ned’s two sisters, is Shop Administrator. She came to the shop full-time in January of 2017 after working part-time for a decade. Ned had brought her onboard in 2007 with the promise that it was just a “few hours a week” position. Thrilled to be in a family business again fulltime, Karen feels she has come full circle. She recently retired from 25 years as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Osterville so that she could fulfill the fulltime position at E.M.Crosby Boatworks. While the choice between music and the boatyard was a difficult one, she knew she couldn’t say no to her brother. “It’s all about family,” she said.
OWEN CROUGHWELL
OWEN CROUGHWELL
Owen Croughwell, Foreman at E.M.Crosby Boatworks, has been friends with Ned since elementary school. A part-time attorney who enjoys golfing, Owen has spent 25 years in the boating industry in a variety of capacities.
TRIPP GROHE
TRIPP GROHE
Head Painter, Arthur “Tripp” Grohe, III, having moved to the Cape as a young boy, found himself painting houses at age 16 for his first job. Although educated at Johnson and Wales School for the Culinary Arts, his fallback position was always painting. After a number of years, he wanted to explore different avenues in the field. High school friend Ned Crosby wasn’t initially receptive when Tripp asked him for a position at E.M. Crosby Boatworks; however, over 10 years later Tripp is a loyal and dedicated member of the team. He thoroughly enjoys varnishing and painting the wooden projects that come through the shop.
BOB WASTROM
BOB WASTROM
Bob Wastrom, Master Boat Wright, Chief Carpenter and self-titled “Night Watchman” at E.M.Crosby Boatworks. His favorite activity on the job is “making it all come together … I’ve been at it for 40 years on the Cape. A good deal of that on my own as Backside Boat, but always as a boatbuilder and consultant on boatbuilding projects at Nauset Marine, Arey’s Pond Boatyard, Pleasant Bay Boat, Olsen Marine, Falmouth Marine and for years as partner with Brad and Mike at Pease Boat Works. Currently, of course, with Ned and crew at E.M. Crosby Boatworks where I was asked to help out on a few projects some 8 years ago. While I prefer the title of “Night Watchman” because I’m not one for the limelight, I feel fortunate to have participated in many (nearly 100) boatbuilding projects to date here on the Cape. Having the pleasure of assisting in the creation has been fulfilling in that I have met and worked with many of the Cape’s most talented craftspeople. We are truly blessed to have such a talented and committed workforce here.”
MARK WILLIAMS
MARK WILLIAMS
Mark Williams, Crew Member, has been with the shop since 2015. A native Cape Codder, Mark sailed his Beetle Cat from the age of six out of Hyannis Port. He later worked at Beetle Boat Shop in Wareham before coming to work at E.M.Crosby Boatworks. He first met Ned as teenagers sailing 420’s in the regional NASH cup…”There was Ned and then there was the rest of us…” Mark reminisced. “Ned would beat the stuffing out of us.” When asked about why he likes working at Crosby’s, Mark smiled and said, “Great crew…”

PAUL WRING

Ship Wright and Crew Member Paul Wring immigrated to the States from Bermuda in 2002. He grew up building boats with his Dad in Southwest England. The team built 5 boats before Paul went off to University to boatbuilding school in Cornwall. He worked for 9 years at a yard in Dorset before he decided to broaden his ship wright skills by moving to Bermuda where he ended up managing a boatyard there. Oyster Harbors Marine (formerly Chester A. Crosby & Sons) was what brought him to this country where he worked for 7 years. In 2015 Paul had the opportunity of a lifetime to be involved with the America’s Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Paul is the most recent member of the crew at E.M.Crosby Boatworks having joined in October, 2017.

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