designed by Virgil Exner
In early 1960's, Virgil
Exner got more and more interested in boats.
So, he wanted to design his own series of cabin cruisers.
It was something completely different, compared to
so Exner searched for some help,
and found Bob Hobbs.
and his son formed with Hobbs
the Exner-Hobbs Associates,
and started to design boats.
An article in the magazine "Popular Boating" helped
to raise interest,
and so they got in contact with Buehler Turbocraft.
This 1962 design sketch was shown at the Exner-Event,
showing a Stutz-like prototype in front of a "Centurion"-titled boat-design.
In 1962, several designs were suggested to Buehler, and were accepted for the 1966 production.
The largest model was the 24ft "Bar Harbour", only seven were built.
In June 2007, there was an Ebay auction for one of these rare boats (it is said to be the only one that survived!).
The owner, Bill Fellner, found it in a boat yard, and restored it completely.
Currently, the boat is still for sale.
If you are interested in buying, please contact him.
Later, Exner designed proposals for other boatbuilders,
even the famous Riva company in Italy was interested in building cabin cruisers, based on Exner's design.
go to Exner-website
go to Exner-Junior-website