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Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff

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 good all-round canoe. The P16 provides a very dry ride in big waves and whitewater. Put simply, the P16 is a superb all-round wilderness expedition canoe! Made from lightweight and durable TuffStuff composite.


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Nova Craft Prospector 16 Tuffstuff

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 is based on the original Chestnut Prospector, a true workhorse of the Canadian North.Constructed from lightweight and durable TuffStuff composite, this canoe will stand up to the abuse of many years of paddling yet with a total unladen weight of 24.5kg it is lightweight to handle and easy to solo carry on long portages.

This canoe feels most at home loaded with gear paddling a remote wilderness lake or river. 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. With a carrying weight of 455kg, and plenty of room, there is capacity for two people and enough camping kit for multi-day expeditions. 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!

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 cheaper SP3 triple layer rotomoulded polyethylene SP3 model.


  • 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 initial stability whilst a moderate rocker allows good manoeuvrability.

Prospector 16 TuffStuff Dimensions  

  • Length – 16ft / 488cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 15in / 38cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2.5in / 6.4cm
  • Weight – 54lbs / 24.5kg
  • Capacity – 1000lbs / 455kg

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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 Prospector 16 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 Prospector 16 Tuffstuff