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:£1249.00

2 x Plastic Seats:£1299.00

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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 £69.95

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 Call Us For Price

60 Litre Barrel

60 Litre Barrel

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

Price £38.95

Delivery Information

Delivery of Clothing, Equipment, Accessories, Paddles & Inflatable Boats/Boards:

We offer a delivery service throughout the UK & Northern Ireland. Most deliveries arrive within 1-3 working days, although some deliveries may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks & Canoes:

We offer a delivery service on most kayaks & canoes covering most of the UK & Northern Ireland - Some products and areas are excluded. We provide a bespoke delivery service for canoes and kayaks to improve the level of service and minimise the risk of damage.

Most Kayak & Canoe deliveries arrive within 1-2 weeks (not guaranteed) from confirming your order. The majority of Canoe & Kayak deliveries will be quicker than this but some may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks or Canoes that exceed 4.5m (450cm) is temporarily unavailable - Due to length restrictions with our shipping agents.

For further information, please read our Delivery Information page.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide:

We also offer a collect from store service. 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

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