Captain Robert J. Cronin

Captain Robert J. Cronin

Northeast Watercraft Accident Reconstruction Specialists
126 Merrimac Street suite 46
Newburyport , MA 01950
Office: 978-857-9249


Northeast Watercraft Reconstruction Specialists investigates and reconstructs pleasure craft, personal watercraft and "near coastal" commercial collisions and allisions. The NeWARS team has over fifty years of law enforcement, harbormaster experience and sea time.
Founder and lead investigator Robert J. Cronin is a USCG licensed Master with thirty-two years of full time law enforcement experience which included commanding a Marine Unit. Captain Cronin has investigated over 700 collisions of various types ranging from industrial vehicle fatalities to his specialty as a watercraft Reconstructionist. As a watercraft Investigator, Captain Cronin has provided testimony in MA, NH, NY, IL, TX and federal district court. Captain Cronin is also a watercraft accident reconstruction training instructor and teaches various topics at the regional Harbormaster training academy.
NeWARS is a Newburyport MA based company and is available to travel as required.
Come visit us at or Email Captain Robert Cronin at

Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Aquatics
  • Automobile Dealerships
  • Biomechanics
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Demonstrative Evidence/Exhibits
  • Driver Behavior
  • Fatigue
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Personal Injury
  • Police Procedures
  • Visibility

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Accredited Police Officer; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1981 to 2014 (retirement)
United States Coast Guard Master of not more than 100 gross tons (#USA000170463)
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)/United States Coast Guard/ Underwriter's Labs
1. National Boating Accident and Analysis, comprehensive course
2. National Boating Accident and Analysis, advanced course
3. National Boating Accident and Analysis, Instructor certification
University of North Florida (ITPM), Watercraft Investigation and Incident Reconstruction
University of North Florida; Institute of Police Technology and Management (ITPM):
1. At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigator
2. Advanced Traffic Accident Investigation
3. Traffic Crash Reconstruction
Texas A&M University;
1. Fundamentals of Measurements and Diagramming
2. Photography for the Crash Investigator

Standard field sobriety testing; providing expert testimony in OUI/DWI cases
Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council; Crime Scene Management
National Highway Safety Administration Occupant protection; Instructor
**please see CV for more detailed listing**
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Massachusetts Police Association (retired)
Massachusetts Safety Officers League
National Association of Professional Accident Reconstructionists
International Association of Marine Investigators
United States Power Squadron
Boat US
Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI)
Massachusetts (North shore Chapter) Harbormaster's Association
Recreational Marine Research Center; National Boater Panel
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Massachusetts (North Shore) Harbormasters Academy; Instructor 2005-present
North East (MA) Regional Police Institute
In-Service and Reserve Academy (per Diem)
City of Newburyport, Newburyport City Council, 2010-present
Ward 3 Coucillor (three term)
Public Safety Committee Chair
Budget and Finance, member
Various classroom presentations, College, High School and Middle School level
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Captain Robert Cronin has testified as an arresting officer on numerous cases ranging from minor civil infractions to armed assault. Included are motor vehicle homicide and serious personal injury cases in which I provided expert testimony. Captain Cronin has also provided testimony NH, NY, IL, TX and federal district court in various watercraft cases; both civil and criminal. Many other cases were settled prior to my testimony.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: I have testified as an expert in various watercraft cases some of which were multiple fatalities. These range from high performance race boats to personal watercraft and commuter ferries. Many require interpreting the Navigation Rules or the examination of structures to determine causation.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: About two dozen.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: August 2012
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: five juristictions
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: numerous
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 32+ years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Accident/crash analysis and document review
Witness interview
Crash Reconstruction
Scene mapping/ CAD
Federal/State navigation rules and applicable boating law
GPS interpretation
Occupant Kinematics
Forensic Photography
Court Testimony
System examination (limited)
Policy and Procedure issues involving marinas and/or harbor-marine patrol
State operator's boat/PWC/watercraft licensure
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: First hour; no charge
$150.00 there after
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: NeWars rate for all review, analysis and court prep is $150.00 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: NeWars services are billed at $150.00 per hour. Depositions are scheduled as an eight hour day and are billed accordingly.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: NeWars bills $150.00 for trial. Trial days are scheduled as an eight hour day and are billed accordingly. (Expenses for deposition, trial, or scene visitation are on a case specific basis.)
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses include meals, fuel, plane fare, hotel, car rental if required. All travel expenses will be discussed and agreed to prior to said travel.


References will be supplied upon written request