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Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3

17 Foot Open Canoe, Ideal for Long Expeditions or Big Families!

The Nova Craft Prospector 17, at 17 feet long is one of the largest canoes on the market and offers a huge amount of space, either for long expeditions or to accommodate your whole family.

Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 Canadian Canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3

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Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3


If you want a canoe that will handle a month’s worth of supplies to head out into the wilderness, this is the canoe for you. These are 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 all round canoe is a bigger version of the classic 15 and 16 model, this model is the ideal canoe for larger family’s adventures and for those that are looking at doing multiday expeditions. This has also been a very popular model with hire centres and clubs.


The shallow arch hull also makes the Prospector very stable, and this combined with a moderate rocker make it easy to manoeuvre and responsive which makes white water and solo paddling easer.


This has the traditional features you would expect to see on a canoe of this quality, including wood/ web 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.


  • Reinforced vinyl gunwales with roto-moulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  • Ash framed seats with webbing o r plastic seats.
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke, shaped to spread the weight across your shoulders evenly and it has even got a small notch for the small bone in your neck
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker
  • Large Carrying Capacity
  • Can be fitted with up to 2 additional seats (4 total)


  • Length: 17′ / 518cm
  • Width: 36″ / 91.4cm
  • Center Depth: 15″ / 38cm
  • End Depth: 23″ / 58.5cm
  • 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 SP3 for your weight
  • Weight: 99lbs / 45kg


Standard Colours

Green Nova Craft Prospector 17


Red Nova Craft Prospector 16



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 17 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 17 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 17 SP3