Aaron Croswait, third-generation fisherman and boat builder, was born with salt water running through his veins. He tagged alongside his father, fishing offshore by the age of 5. At 12, he rose to the title of Mate on the head boat out of Pirate’s Cove. In a matter of four years, Aaron accepted his first offshore mating/charter-fishing job, which ran continuously for eleven years. During the off-season lulls, Aaron picked up work in boat-shops and yards, including work with his father, Captain Bobby Croswait, and Chincoteague Scow, where he began his hands-on training in boat design and repair.
In 2011, Aaron was hired by Gunboat International in his hometown of Wanchese, North Carolina. His discipline and diligence was recognized early and he was promoted to the head of Infusion, which he ran for two years before being promoted again to Production Manager. Also in this time, Aaron married his best friend, Sarah, and they began their family together by welcoming their first daughter.
In 2014, Aaron peeled off and launched his own company, Croswait Custom Composites. He collaborated on a new build, the Gazza 25, which was his first hull infusion under his own moniker. From the 25, Aaron worked jointly with John Gazza and Tribute Boats to build the Tribute 37 prototype. He was also building the carbon fiber rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that are used as dinghies on the Gunboats he had formerly built. Also in this time, Aaron and Sarah welcomed their second daughter.
Since splashing the 37, Aaron and his team have completed three 57’ carbon fiber sailing catamarans and assisted with the completion of four more (to include a 78’), refitted a myriad of charter fishing boats, overhauled two more sailing catamarans, and repaired seven Irma-damaged boats, transported to the Outer Banks from Tortola, BVI.
Aaron and Sarah have added one more to their brood, this time a son.