Wally Larsen
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Eugene, OR
About Me:
I own an original 1963 Prince Helfrich BUILT Double Ender Drift Boat that is still in mint condition. It was built by Prince for my father, Art Larsen. My dad gave it to me shortly after and I guided for the Helfrich's during my college years. The boat survived a 3 alarm fire at Fern Ridge RV and Boat Storage in late December of 2014. It was the only boat to survive the fire in the entire building. $3,000 was spent to re-finish the exterior and trailer along with a new cover. Steve Steele did the restorative work.
Boats I own:
1963 McKenzie River Drift Boat (built by Prince Helfrich)

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Rare '59 McKenzie Double Ender For Sale/Prince Helfrich Built/16 ft

This boat has been in my family since 1959 and was built for my father by Prince Helfrich--one of the few boats remaining that Prince himself built and thus is extremely rare. It possesses historical significance because of its early design and the builder.  Prince was an original collaborator of this design with Woodie Hindman. Prince, a graduate of the University of Oregon, was also one of the founders of the McKenzie River Guides Association in 1931. Prince, not only a renowned guide, but…


Posted on May 12, 2020 at 8:00pm

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At 4:06pm on February 11, 2019, Isbel Mckenzie said…

Hi Wally - you and I are cousins who lost contact long ago. I'm Art & Isbel Ingham's daughter, your dad was my great uncle. I would love to be in touch - is that possible?
Thanks, Isbel - but you knew me as Boo


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