Home >> Open Canoes >>Nova Craft Canoes >> Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

The Ultimate Wilderness Expedition Canoe

All the great features of the Prospector 17 SP3 but constructed from the ever popular, lightweight and durable TuffStuff composite! A true expedition canoe with the ability to carry a month's worth of supplies with ease.


Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff in OxBlood

  • More info
  • Features / Spec
  • Colours
  • Recommended Kit
  • Delivery

Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

A large capacity Canadian canoe with a lightweight construction. The Prospector 17 has a tried and tested hull design based on the original Chestnut Prospector. At home on big inland waters, the Prospector 17 has the space and capacity (545kg) to take a month's worth of supplies and the family for those big expedition adventures! Great for weekend adventures, family days out and more demanding multi-week expeditions.

The lightweight Tuff Stuff construction gives an unladen weight of just 26.3kg which makes the Prospector 17 a joy to handle both on the water and off the water. Easier portaging, easier car topping and happier paddling! The Prospector series is a true icon in the Canadian arctic and Yukon, but also perfect for touring and expeditions here in the UK! You will find good flat water speed and the high sides found on the entire Prospector range will give you a drier ride when it gets a bit choppy.

Features include in-built bow and stern buoyancy tanks, beautiful wooden laced seats, aircraft grade anodized aluminum gunwales for extra weight saving, and a sculptured deluxe carrying yoke

If you are wanting a lightweight expedition/touring canoe for those big adventures then the Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff will not disappoint.

If you think this canoe is too big for your needs then take a look at the smaller Prospector 16 Tuff Stuff and Prospector 15 Tuff Stuff.

Also available in a tuff triple layer roto-moulded 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 17 TuffStuff Dimensions  

  • Length: 17′ / 518cm
  • Width: 36″ / 91.4cm
  • Center Depth: 15″ / 38.1cm
  • End Depth: 23″ / 58.4cm
  • Rocker: 2.5″ / 6.4cm
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1200lb / 545kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff for your weight
  • Weight: 58lb / 26.3kg



Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff in green


Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff in OxBlood


Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff in Sand


Recommended Accessories

Enigma Note Standard Wooden Canoe Paddle

Enigma Note Canoe Paddle

A classic design constructed from quality pine and mahogany. Coated with a clear lacquer for a clean finish and to increase durability.

  • Available Sizes: 140cm, 150cm, 160cm
  • Construction: Pine and Mahogany
  • Blade Style: Standard

Enigma Key Beavertail Wooden Canoe Paddle

Enigma Key Canoe Paddle

A traditional beavertail design constructed from quality pine, mahogany and ash. Coated with a clear lacquer for a clean finish and durability.

  • Available Sizes: 150cm, 160cm
  • Construction: Pine, Mahogany and Ash
  • Blade Style: Beavertail

Storage Barrels for Canoes

Canoe Storage Barrels

High quality barrels for use as additional dry storage in canadian canoes. Great for expeditions and extended trip usage. Available in 30 & 60 Litre sizings.

RUK Canoe Buoyancy Blocks - Pair

RUK Buoyancy Blocks - Pair

Simple and effective floatation aid for a canadian canoe. Constructed from closed cell polystyrene with a hard wearing outer cover, the blocks are a tough and durable buoyancy option.

Canoe Lashing Kit to fit the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

RUK Canoe Lashing Kit

Supplied lashing kit to install buoyancy blocks or bags in the bow and stern of your canadian canoe. Kit suitable for both solo and tandem canoes.1201304

Price £19.99

Enigma Canoes Painter Kit to fit the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

Enigma Canoes Painter Kit

A Painter Kit is a great option for holding securing line at the bow/stern of your canoe. Great for securing your canoe to a pontoon, tree/bank or to a vehicle during transit.

Price £17.99


We offer a delivery service for the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.

The delivery price will be shown in the shopping basket.


Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff online from our website and collect from our shop in St Columb Road near Fraddon in Cornwall or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection*.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Hampshire

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.


Give us a call on 01726 862798 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff