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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

The strongest 16ft Canoe available for all round canoeing

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 is a perfect tripping canoe for longer flat water river and lake journeys but is also great for general family paddling and even moderate white water.

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Canadian Canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3


Novacraft’s Prospector 16 is referred to by Canadian paddlers as ‘the workhouse of the Canadian North’ due to the fact that it is one of the most versatile canoes on the market. Made from a tough 3 layer polyethylene plastic that withstands hard knocks and extensive use, because of the material it’s nearly indestructible and makes them attractive to owners who plan to subject them to hard use with little maintenance.


This canoe is suited for those long days paddling on rivers loaded with heavy camping and for multiday expeditions, or simply as a great option for those looking for a stable tandem canoe that all levels of paddler will appreciate. What’s more, it provides a very dry ride in big waves and white water and is simply the best all round wilderness tripping canoe available.

The Prospector 16 has been designed with a shallow arch hull which will ensure an incredibly stable ride and offers a great secondary stability ensuring that you and your equipment stay dry. Much like the smaller Prospector, the 16 still has a moderate rocker which will make this canoe nimble and dynamic enough to take on small rapids and respond efficiently weather paddling solo or tandem.

The Prospector 16 has all the traditional features you would expect to see on a canoe of this quality, including cane seats, ash carry handles and an expertly designed yoke that has been shaped to fit your shoulders perfectly allowing for maximum comfort for long portages.


The Prospector 16 is also available in a lightweight material called TuffStuff – for full details, please click here.



  • Reinforced vinyl gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  • Ash framed seats with webbing or plastic seats.
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke, shaped to spread the weight across your shoulders evenly.
  • Shallow arch shaped hull gives initial stability whilst a moderate rocker allows good manoeuvrability.
Nova Craft Prospector 16 with wood webbed seats

Wood / Webbed Seats

Novacraft Prospector 16 with plastic seats

Plastic Seats

Nova Craft Prospector 16 with plastic seats and backrests

Plastic Seats & Backrests


  • Length: 15'6" / 472cm
  • Width: 35" / 90cm
  • Weight: 83lb / 38kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 900 lbs / 409kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 for your weight


Standard Colours

Green Nova Craft Prospector 16


Red Nova Craft Prospector 15



Recommended Accessories

Beavertail paddle for canoeing from pelican canoes

Pelican Beavertail Canoe Paddle

General purpose alloy canoe paddle great for a begginer, general use or as a spare paddle.


ruk buoyancy blocks for canoe

Buoyancy Blocks (Pair)

Tough and hard wearing.

Will fit most open canoes.


Trolley for transporting canoes

Canoe Trolley

Trolley for transporting Canadian canoes, featuring PU puncture proof tubeless tyres and a folding design.


5m Roof Rack Straps

5m Roof Rack Straps

Roof Rack Straps with ss cam buckle with a neoprene protection pad.



Nationwide delivery available for the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3. The delivery price will be shown in the shopping basket prior to checkout. For full details on delivery please see: Delivery Information

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

Please call us a call on 02380 861341 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3