ELBERT S. MALONEY, 94, better known to a generation of boaters
as Mack Maloney, the longtime
editor of Chapman Piloting and
Seamanship, died January 5
in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Maloney began writing for
Chapman in 1964, while still in
the Marine Corps, and took over
the editorship when Charles
Chapman retired in 1967. In addition to writing and overseeing the updates to Chapman,
Maloney wrote two editions of the U.S. Naval Institute’s
Dutton’s Navigation & Piloting, and numerous magazine
articles. He served as education director for the U.S.
Power Squadrons, and was the first member of the
BoatU.S. National Advisory Council.
When he spoke to BoatU.S. Magazine at the end of
2012, he was serving as a consulting editor for a new
edition of Chapman, and eager to head out for a weeklong solo sail.
“I’ll leave with my boat for five or six days down in
the Florida Keys,” he said. “I try to get away maybe
every six weeks or so, to just spend a little time by
myself on the boat.” In December 2013, just weeks
before he passed away, he and his son Barney went
out for a weeklong cruise in the Florida Keys. — C.L.
The Real Tom, Uncensored
“MOST OF US get boats because we want to do some kind of cruising, even if it’s only
for short distances. Going to another place and not coming back the same day conjures
up the love of the sea and adventure that thrives in each of us who own a boat, even if
it’s not a gold-plated thoroughbred, even if we’re not Cape Horn heroes.” – Tom Neale
If you’re a regular BoatU.S. Magazine reader, you know Tom Neale’s award-winning tech articles and his wise answers to complex reader conundrums in our
“Ask The Experts” column. But Tom wasn’t always an expert. He got his first boat at
the age of 9, and started “cruising” at 13, with a leaky skiff, an outboard, and a tent.
By the time he met his future wife Mel, when they were teenagers, he was living in a
partially self-built (and entirely questionable) 18-foot skiff!
Two dozen boats later, Tom and Mel make their home in a Gulfstar 53, have put
tens of thousands of miles under the keels of various power and sailboats, raised two
daughters aboard, and dealt with everything boats, weather, and life can conjure. The
journey from a barefoot Tom Sawyer to one of the leading experts in American boat-
ing hasn’t always been smooth, but with a terrific sense of humor to keep him afloat,
and his Southern charm, Tom has made good on
the dreams of his 13-year-old self. He’s living a
cruising life and entertaining the rest of us
with his travails and triumphs.
Tom and Mel share their stories with
BoatU.S. members online, exclusively,
in his “Cruising For You” column
(posted every month), in Tom’s
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