Rod Malone dies

Author:
Publish date:

Douglas Rodney (Rod) Malone died unexpectedly on August 31. Malone was highly respected in the boating industry as the founder of Sail & Ski in Austin, Texas. Malone grew the business to include other Texas locations in San Antonio and Lakeway, and Sail & Ski Yacht Club and Sundancer Grill on Lake Travis. The company, voted as a number one dealership by Boating Industry magazine, employs more than 100 employees.

douglas-malone-austin-tx-obituary

Born in 1940 in Jacksboro, Texas, Malone moved to Austin after high school and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. He married his high-school sweetheart, Wanda Faye Kay, in 1960. Wanda passed away six weeks ago.

Malone pursued a career in electrical engineering, eventually starting his own company in the early 1970s. His inventions were awarded utility patents.

After a weekend of sailing on Lake Travis, Malone was smitten with the sport and began sailing competitively. Malone started to work with a local sailboat dealer called Sailing Imports, becoming partner after a year, and eventually bought the business. When it started to handle snow sports, it was renamed Sail & Ski.

Malone was credited with a “can-do” attitude that propelled the business upward into a leading U.S. dealership. He was fond of saying: ‘If the horse bucks you off, get back on, always.”

Malone was most proud of his family’s involvement in the business. Wanda and Rod worked side by side for nearly 40 years, and their son, Doug, joined at an early age. Daughter Tammy also joined the family business, eventually becoming its head of human relations.

Malone is survived by Doug, Tammy and daughter Holly, and four grandchildren. Here is a complete obituary.

Related

STAR BRITE DEBUTS NEW MARINE DESCALING FLUID

Star brite introduces Marine Descaling Fluid—a powerful, easy way to descale raw water-cooled systems using recirculation. It saves time, energy, and a lot of headache, allowing for a faster, cost-effective return-to-service for equipment.

NAW Elects 2021 Officers

Michael Medart of Medart Engine and Marine takes the helm as chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors board.

Caterpillar Names Global Manager

Alex Berg will lead the manufacturer’s pleasure craft and yachting segment.

Nearly 320K Boats Sold in 2020

NMMA says new-boat sales are at their highest level in 12 years, with all powerboat segments up 8 to 22 percent.

‘Injection of Capital’ for Cox Powertrain

The British company said it will use the $16.7 million to expand operations and ramp up production of its CXO300 diesel outboard.

Groupe Beneteau Releases Preliminary 2020 Financials

Revenues were down 15.1 percent for the 16-month period that ended Dec. 31. A full report is due next month.

A Modern Twist on Word of Mouth

The supercharged power of user-generated content.