ONE DESIGN FITS ALL
In the early 1900’s, yachtmen grew tired of the confusing calculations used to ensure different boats could compete equally. The concept of one-design racing, where all boats competing are identical or similar in design, came into vogue in the United States.
In 1913, a group of sailors from the Osterville-based Wianno Yacht Club approached H. Manley Crosby, and asked him to build a fast, stable one-design. The final design was admired by many at the club and as a result, the first fleet of Wianno Seniors were launched in the summer of 1914.
Just as the catboat is a design still admired by sailors across the world, the Crosby built and designed Wianno Senior has endured as a great design for clients interested in a fast boat that can also accommodate light cruising. Ned Crosby received rights to build the Wianno Senior in fiberglass in October, 2010 and is now the third generation Crosby to build these fast, beautiful racing and daysailing boats.
A LEGACY OF WORKMANSHIP
By the 1950’s, the six Crosby shops had been become two, while still spanning the North Bay shore on both sides of the Osterville drawbridge. The Crosby Yacht Yard, was owned by cousins, Wilton “Bill” and Bradford “Brad” with various cousins working that yard, and Chester A. Crosby and Sons, was owned by Ned’s grandfather, Chester “Chet” Crosby, with his sons, Chester “Bookie” and Edward “Eddie.”
Both yards were sold outside the family but the family still continues its legacy. E.M. Crosby Boatworks is located just a few miles away the original location of the first Crosby boatyard. Ned Crosby, the son of Eddie and owner of the business, builds and restores, just like all generations before him, good, solid and beautiful designs in wood. His cousin, Charlie Crosby, Bookie’s son, is on the crew as is Ned’s sister, Karen, who handles the administrative end of the business.
To date, 46 men and women, eight generations of Crosbys, have built boats for over 270 years. With E.M. Crosby Boatworks, the legacy of building in wood continues.