Nova Craft Bob Special

Lightweight canoe Designed for Primarily solo paddling

The Nova Craft Bob special is a canoe designed for mainly solo paddling that is very stable, yet remarkably fast for its width.

Bob Special - £1999.00

Nova Craft Canoes Bob Special in sand made from Tuff Stuff

Nova Craft Bob Special - Tuffstuff - Sand

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Nova Craft Bob Special

The Bob Special is a 15 foot touring canoe that is perfect for paddling solo as well as occasional tandem use, graceful and slick it glides through the water beautifully and is a great boat for covering some distance.

Coming in at 15’’and weighing 20.5kg, the Bob Special is ideal for the solo paddler that is looking for a canoe with a longer water line and faster hull speed than the Trapper 12 and does not need the white water rocker of the Prospector range.

The Bob Special’s wider beam, shallow arch hull and low gunnels ensure stability when paddled on an edge. This wide beam will also provide a big enough load capacity to carry enough supplies for a weekend camping trip or provide enough space and comfort for those looking to paddle tandem.

Much like all the other Novacraft canoes the out fitting 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 Bob Special 15 is currently available in Novacraft’s Tuffstuff construction.

Nova Craft Bob Special features

Nova Craft Canoes Outfitting Options

  • 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, 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.



Bob Special Dimensions

  • Length: 15' / 457cm
  • Width: 35" / 88.9cm
  • Weight: 50lb / 22.7kg
  • 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

Standard Options


Nova Craft Canoes have introduced a new super lightweight material to the market place in the wake of the discontinuation of Royalex. Nova Craft Tuffstuff canoes are made from 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 then woven together into a cloth and mixed with high impact vinylester resin, the result is that Nova Craft TuffStuff canoes are amongst the strongest and most versatile on the mark today. Nova Craft TuffStuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light weight canoe for use on extended flatwater trips and slow moving deep rivers

Tuffstuff Expedition

Nova Craft Tuffstuff Expedition canoes are a heavier duty version of the standard Nova Craft TuffStuff construction. Nova Craft Tuffstuff Expedition canoes are more robust and stiffer offering greater performance and incredible impact resistance. Nova Craft Tuffstuff expedition canoes are an excellent choice for paddlers looking for a light weight boat for extended wilderness trips, flat water sections and deep lower grade moving water.


Available to order - Please call or email for availability and pricing

Fibreglass – Fibreglass canoes are made using woven layers for fibreglass cloth laid out over a mould that sets into place. Fibreglass canoes are very light weight and durable and are a great choice for long distance touring or racing paddlers. 


Aramid Lite

Aramid canoes are the lightest boats in the Novercraft range. They are built by infusing Aramid cloth with a high impact resistant vinylester resin. Aramid canoes have great strength to weight ratio. Aramid canoes are intended for flat water touring, racing and expedition use.


Blue Steel

Blue Steel canoes are made of an aramid and carbon fibre hybrid material. These canoes are light weight like the canoes made of Aramid Lite but are significantly stronger. The carbon fibers add stiffness to the hull resulting in an increase in paddling efficiency. Blue Steel has an inner layer of Innegra creating a high impact resistant vinylester resin makes for a very rugged canoe. Blue Steel canoes are most at home on flatwater and the look of the carbon fiber is stunning.

Standard Colours - Tuffstuff

Nova Craft Bob Special Lightweight Canoe in Green


Nova Craft Bob Special in Sand available to order


Nova Craft Bob Special Tuffstuff in Oxblood



Available to order (Please call or email for lead times)

Nova Craft Bob Special in Red


Nova Craft Bob Special in Yellow


Nova Craft Bob Special in Olive


Nova Craft Bob Special in Desert White

Desert White

Nova Craft Bob Special in Blue Steel

Blue Steel




For delivery of Tuffstuff Canoes please contact us with your delivery address and we will endeavour to provide a delivery price & service using our own fleet of vehicles where possible.


Alternatively we offer nationwide click and clollect service from any of our stores as listed below


Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Bob Special online from our website and collect from our shop in Hamworthy, Poole or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection.

Our other stores are:

  • Southampton Canoes - Totton
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb road nr Newquay
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich

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

Give us a call on 01202 625256 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Bob Special


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01202 625 256

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