Dealers and Distributors


Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from The PowerCat Group, Hornet Marine, Aqualuma Marine Lighting and Simpson Marine.

The PowerCat Group, builders of World Cat, Glacier Bay, Carolina Cat and Livingston catamarans, recently named Top Notch Marine of Melbourne, Fla., and Mertaugh Boat Works of Hessel, Mich., as exclusive regional dealers for all of its brands.

“We are excited to have Top Notch Marine and Mertaugh Boat Works represent our brands,” PowerCat president Andrew Brown said in a statement. “Top Notch is a true marketing force because they have delivered value to their customers for almost 25 years. Mertaugh Boat Works has been a fixture in Michigan since 1925 and was the original dealer for Chris-Craft Boats.

“With the addition of our catamaran lines both of these fine dealerships have a broad spectrum of catamaran offerings for almost any boating need,” he added.

The PowerCat group is based in Tarboro, N.C. The company builds World Cat semi-displacement catamarans from 25 to 33 feet, designed primarily for offshore fishing.

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Hornet Marine added Ocean Performance to its growing dealer network.

Located at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, Conn., Ocean Performance is an award-winning dealership specializing in powerboating. The dealership will carry the Hornet 17, the builder’s 17-foot sport runabout.

“All of us at Ocean Performance are excited to announce Hornet Marine as the latest addition to our dealership,” owner Chris Cestaro said in a statement. “The Hornet 17 is clean, sexy and a true joy to drive. It is a great addition to any performance boater’s stable, a fast and furious tender for the megayacht owner or a great boat for anyone who wants style, performance and attention.”

this year. For more information about becoming a Hornet Marine dealer, contact Jason Bolas at (860) 516-3141 or

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Aqualuma Marine Lighting added Exalto Emirates as a distributor to cover the United Arab Emirates.

Founded in 1993, Exalto Emirates Marine Equipment offers an extensive range of marine parts and equipment, with an emphasis on customer service and support. Warehouses in Sharjah and Dubai enable prompt delivery for local and international customers.

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Simpson Marine opened an office in Manila, Philippines, that will focus on new yacht sales, brokerage, service and charter opportunities for the growing leisure yacht market.

The Philippine office complements Simpson Marine’s offices in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taipei and Thailand.

Simpson Marine Philippines is being led by Robin Wyatt as country manager. Wyatt, who has more than 20 years of experience, worked for many years as a senior broker at Simpson's head office in Hong Kong. He has handled more than 200 yacht transactions and will support the continued development of Simpson Marine's yacht brands, including Azimut, Beneteau, Lagoon, Nautor's Swan and Sea Ray.


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