Nova Craft Prospector 15 -Tuffstuff

The lightest toughest prospector 15 yet, it really is tuffstuff!

The Nova Craft Prospector 15 in tuffstuff is a compact super lightweight open canoe, that offers great versatility and is ideal as a solo or tandem canoe for flat water and moderate whitewater use.

Prospector 15 Tuffstuff- £1,699.15 (RRP £1,999.00 - Saving £299.85)

Prospector 15 Tuffstuff Expedition- £1,869.15 (RRP £2,199.00 - Saving £329.85)

Superlight weight Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 15 Tuffstuff

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Nova Craft Prospector 15 - Tuffstuff


The Prospector 15 from Novacraft is an ideal canoe for paddlers of any ability level who are looking for a classically shaped boat, for solo and/ or tandem paddling on flat water rivers, lakes and estuaries as well as whitewater rivers.

The Prospector 15 is a very versatile canoe that is easy to control, it features a shallow arch hull which allows for easy and efficient forward paddling; this results in an increase in hull speed for those long flat sections and makes touring easy. The shallow arch hull also makes the Prospector 15 very stable, and this combined with a moderate rocker makes it easy to steer and manouver in windy conditions and on moving water.


With a symmetrical hull design, the Prospector 15 can be paddled solo or tandem in either direction,It also has enough space for some kit and would be great for an overnight paddling trip for two people.

The Prospector 15 has all the traditional features you would expect to see on a canoe of this quality, including wood/ web 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 Novacraft Prospector 15 is currently also available in SP3 plastic construction, for further details see the Nova Craft Prospector 15 - SP3.


The Nova Craft Prospector is also available in other materials to order or for more details please call us on 01202 625256 for availability.



The Nova Craft Prospector 15 tuffstuff & tuffstuff expedition are available in limited numbers, please call us on 01202 625256 for availability.





Nova Craft Prospector 15 - Tuffstuff features

  • Reinforced Black Anodised Aluminium gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  •  Ash framed seats with lacing.
  •  Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke, shaped to spread the weight across your shoulders evenly.
  • Shallow arch shaped hull gives initial stability whilst a moderate rocker allows good manoeuvrability
  • Basalt and Innegra composite material
  • Manufactured in Canada 
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Moderate Rocker


Tuffstuff Dimensions

  • Length – 15ft / 457cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 15in / 38cm
  • Stern Depth –23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – moderate
  • Weight (Tuff Stuff)– 50lbs / 22.7kg
  • Weight (Expedition)– 56lbs / 25.5kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 850lbs 386kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 15 - Tuffstuff 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.


SP3 - Plastic

SP3 canoe hulls are made by roto-molding three layers of superlinear polyethylene powder. The two outer layers are solid and the middle layer is foam. These canoes are extremely strong and are an excellent choice for general recreational, white water and touring use.


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 & Tuffstuff Expedition


Nova Craft Prospector 15 Green


Nova Craft Prospector in Oxblood



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

Nova Craft Prospector in Sand available to order


Nova Craft Prospector in Yellow


Nova Craft Prospector in Olive


Nova Craft Prospector in Oxblood


Nova Craft Prospector in Desert White

Desert White

Nova Craft Prospector 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 Prospector 15 - Tuffstuff 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 Prospector 15 - Tuffstuff


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