Tributes to BOAT International Editor Malcolm Maclean


Tributes have poured in as the yachting industry mourns the loss of BOAT International charter and brokerage editor Malcolm Maclean.

Malcolm sadly passed away on Monday morning after a short battle with illness. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Elizabeth and son-in-law Chris.

Malcolm was BOAT International’s longest serving member of staff having joined the company in 1991 and a mentor to many. In his later career, he ran BOAT’s brokerage coverage, but also served a long time with the trading team.

“If I ever wanted to get from one end of the show to the other in less than 24 hours, it was not advisable to walk with Malcolm,” said Mark Duncan, director of marketing and business development at Fraser. “Everyone wanted to talk to him. In fact, it wasn’t so much about ‘walking with Malcolm’ as it was ‘hanging out’… a beaming face of joy, a handshake and a ‘hello’. ” to the other.”

Stewart Campbell, editor, agreed. “Everyone knew Malcolm. Whenever I met someone new to this industry, they would invariably ask me, ‘How is Malcolm?’ Everyone had a story to share about him, and the affection for him was clear to all.”

During his three decades at BOAT, Malcolm has built an unparalleled network of contacts and established himself as the definitive source for brokerage news. Many brokers shared fond memories of his regular phone calls. “A phone call from Malcolm was always the first thing we expected in the office after sending out a press release and we always knew that Malcolm would pick up any missing information instantly,” said Alice Ward and Peter Benett of Bluewater.

John Jacobi, a former broker, added: “One of my favorite parts of any transaction was the interaction with Malcolm announcing the sale. The conversations were always genuine and that’s something this business needs more daily.”

Designer Martin Francis said he remembers Malcolm fondly from the 1990s. “He used to phone me every year to persuade me to place an ad in the Superyachts Book. He was always successful because we had a “special deal”, no doubt he exerted the same charm with all my peers.”

Meanwhile, fellow designer Tim Heywood recalled her “ready smile and quick wit”.

“Malcolm was a legend at BOAT International,” said BOAT International Media Co-CEO Tony Euden. “I remember when I joined the company, he showed me around the Fort Lauderdale show for two days and introduced me to everyone. He will be sorely missed. It won’t be the same company without him.”

If you would like to share a memory of Malcolm or send a note of condolence, please email the editor: stewart.campbell@boatinternationalmedia.com

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