Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffSTuff canoe in OxBlood

Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff

Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffSTuff

17ft Family and Expedition Canadian Canoe

The ultimate wilderness adventure or extended tripping canoe made from the lightweight but strong TuffStuff. Massive carrying capacity for big adventures or lots of passengers!


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Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

The Nova Craft Prospector 17 is ideal for taking family trips, be it for a week or a weekend it has loads of volume to be at home loaded up with camping kit or picnic, easy to paddle on flat rivers and estuaries, white water or coastal and lakes.

With a shallow arch hull the canoe is nice and stable and easy to learn from, and gain experience and technical ability as you build your confidence levels. With the canoe having a symmetrical design it does mean the boat can be paddled solo for those longer expeditions where you take everything with you. There is enough room for up to 3 adults maybe 4 but certainly 2 adults and 2 smaller children. If you don't need quite so much room then have a look at the smaller versions Nova Craft Prospector 16 and Nova Craft Prospector 15.


TuffStuff is 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 paddlers looking for a light canoe thats tough enough to last - the perfect replacement for Royalex.


SP3 is a very strong and durable roto-moulded triple layer polyethylene plastic construction. SP3 is perfect for everyone from occasional paddlers to busy hire centres and clubs. Click here to see more details of the Nova Craft Prospector 17 in SP3.


  • Lightweight TuffStuff Construction.
  • Aircraft grade black anodized aluminum gunwales.
  • ABS Deck End Plates.
  • Built-in Bow and Stern Buoyancy
  • Ash Bootlace Seats
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Ash Thwart
  • 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: 17ft / 518cm
  • Width: 36in / 91.4cm
  • Center Depth: 15in / 38.1cm
  • End Depth: 23in/ 58.4cm
  • Rocker: 2.5in / 6.4cm
  • Weight: 58lb / 26.3kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1200lbs / 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


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 Prospector 17 TuffStuff 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 17 TuffStuff please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop