Nova Craft Prospector 15 - SP3

Versatile open canoe suitable for lakes, rivers and estuaries

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

Wood / Webbed Seats:
£899.00 (RRP £999.00 - Saving £100.00)

Plastic Seats:
£949.00 (RRP £1,049.00 - Saving £100.00)

Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 15 SP3

Nova Craft Prospector 15 - SP3 - Green

Novacraft Prospector 15 on whitewater
Nova Craft Prospector 15 on whitewater
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Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3


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 available in the superlight weight, TtuffStuff material. The replacement for royalex is here and its fantastic! Check it out here Nova Craft Prospector 15 - Tuffstuff.

Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 Features

  • Reinforced vinyl gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  •  Ash framed seats with webbing.
  •  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.

SP3 Dimensions

  • Length: 15' / 457cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 75lb / 34kg
  • 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 SP3 for your weight

Standard Options

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.



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 woven together into a cloth and mixed with high impact vinylester resin, the result is that TuffStuff canoes are the amongst the strongest and most versatile on the market today. Tuffstuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light weight boat for use on flat water and slow moving rivers.

Tuffstuff Expedition

Tuffstuff Expedition is a heavier duty version of the standard TuffStuff construction. Tuffstuff Expedition canoes are more robust and stiffer offering greater performance and incredible impact resistance. Tuffstuff expedition canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light weight boat for use on flat water and sections of rocky 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 - SP3

Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 in Red


Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 in Green







We offer a nationwide delivery service for the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3, the delivery price is shown in the shopping basket.

Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 online from our website and collect from our shop in Hamworthy, Poole or you can collect from any of our sister stores. 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, East Sussex
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth, Devon
  • 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 SP3


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