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Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

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. Using Tuff Stuff material makes this canoe light, weighing just 26.3kg.


Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff Canadian Canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

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Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff


The Novacraft Prospector 17 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. The Tuffstuff canoes are a blend of basalt and Innegra fibres. Basalt fibres are made of melted volcanic basalt rock and Innegra is a fibre consisting mostly of polypropylene. These are woven together into a cloth and mixed with high impact vinylester resin. A result of TuffStuff, the canoes are amongst the strongest and most versatile on the market today. Tuffstuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light weight canoe for use on flat water.


This canoe is suited for long expedition and family days out on the water, it will paddle well loaded with camping equipment for those more adventurous trips. The Prospector 17 makes it a good choice for those looking for a stable tandem or family canoe that all levels of paddler will appreciate. What’s more, it provides a very dry ride in big waves and white water. It is simply the best all round wilderness tripping canoe available.


The Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff 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 17 still has a moderate rocker which will makes this canoe a little more nimble and dynamic.


The Prospector 17 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 17 is also available with Nova Craft’s SP3 material which offers additional durability for white water canoeing but it is heavier than tuff stuff - Click here for full details.


  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker


  • 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 / 545kgOptimum 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


Standard Colours

Green Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff


OxBlood Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff


Sand Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff



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5m Roof Rack Straps

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


Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff Delivery
To prevent damage, we do not send TuffStuff canoes by courier. Please contact us with your delivery address and we will endeavour to provide a delivery service using our own fleet of vehicles. Alternatively we offer nationwide collection from any of our stores listed below


COVID-19 Update - Click & Collect Temporarily Suspended

For the continued safety of our customers and colleagues our Click & Collect Service is temporarily suspended. Orders can still be placed through our website for "Contactless Collection", however collection of orders will not be possible until normal contactless collection services resume.

Please call us a call on 02380 861341 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff