Nova Craft Bob Special in green

Nova Craft Bob Special

Nova craft Bob Special Canoe in Ox Blood
Nova Craft Bob Special Canoe in Sand
Nova Craft Bob Special Canoe from the top

Nova Craft Bob Special

Lightweight Tandem Canoe

The Nova Craft Bob Special 15 is a brilliant lightweight canoe for both solo and tandem paddling. (No the name doesn’t refer to our Managing Director although he is “special” in his own way!)


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Nova Craft Bob Special

The Nova Craft Bob Special is an improved version Chestnut Canoe Company original, a lightweight canoe well suited to solo tripping and casual tandem paddling. Its width and optimized hull shape make a quick but stable boat which is great for recreational touring and quiet stalking. Great as a tandem day tripper, with enough space for a weekend canoe trip. When a competent paddler gives it a go the boat truly shines. The Bob Special has a unique blend of characteristics which make it an enjoyable boat for new and experienced paddlers alike and makes it is one of our best selling lightweight canoes.

Comfortable ash-laced seats compliment the traditional look of this canoe and allow for the paddler to be seated or kneeling down for a traditional paddling technique. Built-in buoyancy tanks at the bow and stern ensure this canoe will stay afloat should it turn over and save sthe need ot buy additional buoyancy.

One of the best options for a paddler wanting a lightweight and versatile canoe for touring.

Constructed from lightweight Tuff Stuff - a composite material made of basalt and Innegra fibers. When they are woven together into a cloth and infused with our high impact vinylester resin system, the result is simply amazing! TuffStuff canoes are a great choice for recreational paddlers looking for a light canoe thats tough enough to withstand general touring and recreational paddling use.


  • 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 great stability whilst the slight rocker allows good manoeuvrability.
  • Raised ends and symmetrical design allowing for solo or tandem paddling.


  • Length - 15ft / 457cm
  • Width - 35in / 88.9cm
  • Bow Depth - 21in / 53.4cm
  • Centre Depth - 14in / 35.5cm
  • Stern Depth - 21in / 53.4cm
  • Rocker - minimal
  • Weight - 45lbs / 20.5kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 800lbs / 364kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Bob Special for your weight


Nova Craft Tuffstuff - Green


Nova Craft Tuffstuff - Oxblood


Nova Craft Tuffstuff - Sand



Canoe Shops staff demonstrating how light the Tuffstuff Material is

Accessories that you may need

Canoe Trolley

Canoe Trolley

Canoe trolley designed for transporting canadian canoes and wide touring kayaks to and from the waters edge.

Price £59.95

Enigma Note Wooden Canoe Paddle

Enigma Note Wooden Canoe Paddle

Classic wooden canoe paddle design, quality pine and mahogany covered with clear lacquer providing resistance to the water environment.

Price £39.95

Enigma Key Wooden Canoe Paddle

Enigma Key Wooden Canoe Paddle

A traditional beavertail blade shape which lends itself perfectly to deep water, both solo or tandem paddling. Often favoured by th bow paddler in tandem, this wooden paddle gives you great ‘feel’ in those more intricate strokes. The wide, ergonomic grip makes this beavertail comfortable while increasing control. A true all day paddle which can do it all.

Price £59.95

60 Litre Barrel

60 Litre Barrel

Multi-use watertight barrels keep your kit dry and can act as a table or seat.

Price £36.95

Due to current restrictions within the UK courier network we are unable to offer a courier delivery service for canoes and kayaks. Collection is available from our 7 nationwide stores - see below.

Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Bob Special online from our website and collect from our shop at Lee Mill, Plymouth, Devon or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with this*.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb Road Nr Newquay
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Southampton

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

If you need any further help or advice about the Nova Craft Bob Special please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop