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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

All-round wilderness expedition canoe

The Prospector 16 is the 'workhorse' of the prospector range. Want to load up for an expedition trip?...the P16 takes it all in its stride. While it is best suited for river tripping, it remains versatile enough to be a great all-round canoe. Made from durable SP3 material with various seat options.

2 x Wood / Webbed Seats: £1299.00

2 x Plastic Seats: £1359.00

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Red

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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 is based on the original Chestnut Prospector, a true workhorse of the Canadian North. Constructed from durable SP3 triple layer rotomoulded polyethylene, this canoe will stand up to the abuse of many years of paddling.

This canoe feels most at home loaded with gear paddling a remote wilderness lake or river and with a load capacity of 409kg it is well suited to multi-day expeditions. Whilst it’s a great recreational boat it’s versatile enough to be a good all round canoe. The shallow hull gives a great stability to the boat and with experience your confidence levels will increase. There is plenty enough space for two people and camping kit. It has to be one of the best all round touring canoes on the market. High sides give you a dry ride through waves and rapids alike by cutting through and deflecting the water. With a symmetrical design front to back this boat is easy to paddle solo or with company, with loads more space for kit!

Available with various seating options. The Wood Web seating option is standard spec and suitable for general recreational use. We have designed the Plastic Seat specifications alongside Nova Craft to meet the demands of UK hire outlets and outdoor education centres who require a more durable outfitting with lower maintenance. The 3 plastic seat option does not have a thwart or yoke to provide additional deck space, whilst maintaining a solid hull form.

If you think this is too big try its little brother The Nova Craft Prospector 15. If you’re looking for a boat to take you and the family for an expedition trip then take a look at the Nova Craft Prospector 17.

Also available in a lighter weight TuffStuff version.


  • SP3 Roto-moulded triple layer polyethylene plastic construction.  
  • Reinforced vinyl gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  • Ash framed seats with webbing (standard spec).
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke (In our opinion the best 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 initial stability whilst a moderate rocker allows good manoeuvrability.


  • Length - 15ft 6in / 472cm
  • Width - 35in / 90cm
  • Bow Depth - 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth - 14.5in / 36cm
  • Stern Depth - 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker - 2in / 5cm
  • Weight - 83lbs / 38kg
  • Capacity - 900lbs / 409kg


Nova Craft Prospector 16 in green


Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 in red


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Canoe Lashing Kit to fit the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

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Collection Only

Courier delivery is not available for some products such as Open Canoes, Hobie Kayaks and Composite Sea Kayaks. Please contact us with your address details and we will provide delivery options using our own vehicles (if available). We can offer collection of these products from any of our nationwide store - see below for more info.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

Nationwide Click & Collect available for the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3. 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 Prospector 16 SP3