Nova Craft Prospector 16 in Red

Nova Craft Prospector 16 in Red with Wood/Web Seats

Nova Craft Prospector 16 in action

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

Tough Triple Layer 16ft Canadian Canoe

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 based on the original Chestnut Prospector, a true workhorse of the Canadian North. Load up for an adventure or just head out for the day exploring with this do-it-all canoe. One of our best sellers that suits new paddlers and experts canoeists alike.

2 x Wood / Webbed Seats:£939.00 (RRP £1,049.00 - Saving £110.00)

2 x Plastic Seats:£999.00 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £100.00)

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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 design is based on the original Chestnut Prospector, a true workhorse of the Canadian North and an icon within the canoe world. This canoe feels most at home loaded with gear paddling a remote wilderness lake or river but it also makes a great canoe to load up with the family and headoff exploring inland lakes and waterways.

Whilst it's a great recreational boat it's versatile enough to be a good all round canoe. The shallow hull gives a great stability to the boat and with experience your confidence levels will increase. With enough space for two people and a few days camping kit it has to be one of the best all round touring canoes on the market. High sides give you a dry ride through waves and rapids alike by cutting through and deflecting the water. With a symmetrical design front to back this boat is easy to paddle as a tandem crew or paddle solo with loads more space for kit! Novice paddlers can jump in and feel confident for general day trips, whilst experienced canoeists can outfit this canoe extra seats, buoyancy bags or blocks, dry barrels, kneeling mats and thwarts and more to make the Prospector 16 into a very verstaile craft for big adventures both on flatwater and running waters!

Available with traditional wood/web seats (most popular) or hard-wearing plastic seats for heavy use / low maintenance requirements. If you think this is too big try its little brother the Nova Craft Prospector 15. If you're looking for a boat to take you and the family and a stack of gear then maybe look at the bigger Nova Craft Prospector 17.

Triple-Layer SP3

SP3 is a very strong and durable roto-moulded triple layer polyethylene plastic construction. SP3 is perfect for everyone from occaisonal paddlers to busy hire centres and clubs


Also available in a lightweight version made from TuffStuff - Click Here for more details.


  • SP3 Roto-moulded triple layer polyethylene plastic construction.
  • 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 (In our opinion the best 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.


  • Length: 16' / 488cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 75lb / 34kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1000lb / 455kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 for your weight


Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 in green


Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 in red


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

Economy Canoe Paddle

Economy Canoe Paddle

Lightweight durable canoe paddle with an alloy shaft and polypropylene blade.

Price £24.95

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


Canoes & Kayaks
Due to current restrictions within the UK courier network we are unable to ship canoes and kayaks. Collection is available from our 7 nationwide stores - see below.

Equipment & Accessories
Nationwide delivery is available for equipment and accessories 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 16 SP3 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 Prospector 16 SP3 please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop