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Nova Craft Bob Special 15 TuffStuff

Versatile Solo/Tandem Day Tripper

If you are looking for a versatile canoe that excels at tandem day-tripping and the occassional weekend paddling trip away then look no further than the Bob Special.


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Nova Craft Bob Special 15 TuffStuff

The Nova Craft Bob Special is an improved version Chestnut Canoe Company original, at just 22.7kg it is a very lightweight canoe well suited to solo tripping and casual tandem paddling. THe weight also makes car topping easy and it is a joy to portage to the water or between watercourses on long expeditions. The carrying Yoke has a small notch to accomodate your neck vertebrae when solo portaging, this is just one example of the attention to detail in this high-quality build. Constructed from TuffStuff composite, the hull is durable and will take the abuse of long weekends on the water.

The optimized hull shape, and width of the canoe, makes the Bob Special a stable but relatively fast boat. It is ideal for recreational touring and quiet stalking up river creeks and on lakes. The Bob Special is a fantastic tandem day tripper, with enough space to load up for a weekend on the water or even multi-day trips exploring further afield. It is stable enough for beginners but its edging ability also means that when a competent paddler gives it a go the boat comes into its own and shines. You can be confident paddling the Bob Special on tranquil lakes or down rapids which will get your adreneline pumping.

The Bob Special is a canoe that has a unique set of features which make it an enjoyable boat for new and experienced paddlers alike. Check the Features tab for a list of the various build and outfitting options available to customise the canoe to suit your own preferences.


  • TuffStuff Composite construction.
  • Aircraft grade Black anodized aluminium gunwales and aluminium reinforced ABS end deck plates.
  • Ash framed seats with nylon lacing.
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke (In our opinion the best standard fit canoe Yoke on the market), shaped to spread the weight across your shoulders evenly and even got a small notch for the small bone in your neck.
  • Shallow arch shaped hull gives great stability whilst the slight rocker allows good manoeuvrability.
  • Raised ends and symmetrical design allowing for solo or tandem paddling.

All Nova Craft Canoes can be ordered with the following factory fitted options:

  • Wooden white ash gunnels with an oiled finish.
  • Kneeling thwart.
  • Colour matched skid plates.
  • Special Order colours available upon request.
  • Nova Crafts custom composite constructions such as Blue Steel, Aramid Lite or Fibreglass.
  • Choice of Webbed, Bootlace or robust ABS Plastic seats.

Please contact us to discuss any of these options in further detail, including prices and estimated lead times.

Bob Special Dimensions  

  • Length – 15ft / 457cm
  • Width – 35in / 88.9cm
  • Bow Depth – 21in / 53.4cm
  • Centre Depth – 14in / 35.5cm
  • Stern Depth – 21in / 53.4cm
  • Rocker – minimal
  • Weight – 45lbs / 22.7kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 364kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Bob Special 15 TuffStuff for your weight

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Delivery Of TuffStuff Canoes

We offer a delivery service for TuffStuff/Composite Canoes covering many areas of mainland UK using our own vans. Due to the increased risk of damage during transit, we are unable to offer a courier delivery service for this product range.

If you require delivery, please contact us with your address and we can advise whether a delivery service is available in your area.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

We offer a collect from store service for the Nova Craft Bob Special 15 TuffStuff. Collection for orders placed online can be made from any of our Canoe Shops UK Stores. For full details on our Click & Collect service, please see: Nationwide Click & Collect

Give us a call on 01726 862798 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Bob Special 15 TuffStuff