Nova Craft Prospector 16 - Tuffstuff

Prospector 16, Lightweight & Tuffstuff what more could you need?

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 in tuffstuff is not only lightweight and super tough it is also a perfect tripping canoe for longer flat water river and lake journeys but is also great for general family paddling and even moderate whitewater.

Prospector 16 Tuffstuff - £1,999.00 (RRP £2,099.00 - Saving £100.00)

Prospector 16 Tuffstuff Expedition - £2,199.00 (RRP £2,299.00 - Saving £100.00)

Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 16 tuffstuff in ox blood

Nova Craft Prospector 16 - Tuffstuff

Nova Craft prospector 16 Tuffstuff
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Nova Craft Prospector 16 Tuffstuff


Novacraft’s Prospector 16 is referred to by Canadian paddlers as ‘the workhouse of the Canadian North’ due to the fact that it is one of the most versatile canoes on the market.  This canoe is suited for those long days paddling on rivers loaded with heavy camping and expedition equipment, or simply as a great option for those looking for a stable tandem canoe that all levels of paddlers will appreciate.  

The Prospector 16 has been designed with a shallow arch hull which will ensure an incredibly stable ride and offers a great secondary stability ensuring that you and your equipment stay dry.

Much like the smaller Prospector, the 16 still has a moderate rocker which will make this canoe nimble and dynamic enough to take on small rapids and respond efficiently weather paddling solo or tandem.

The Prospector 16 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.


We also stock the The Novacraft Prospector 16 SP3 plastic construction, as well as other materials being available to order.



The Nova Craft Prospector 16 tuffstuff and tuffstuff expedition is available in limited stocks please call us on 01202 625256 for current availability.

Nova Craft Prospector 16 Tuffstuff features

Nova Craft Canoes Outfitting

  • TuffStuff or Tuffstuff Expedition composite
  • Black anodised aluminium gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  •  Ash framed seats with lacing.
  •  Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Built in buoyancy tanks 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.

Tuffstuff Dimensions

  • Length – 16ft / 488cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 15in / 38cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2.5in / 6.4cm
  • TuffStuff Weight – 54lbs / 24.5kg
  • TuffStuff Expedition Weight – 59lbs / 27kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1000lbs 455kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 Tuffstuff for your weight

Standard Constructions



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. 

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 flowing moving water.


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 Prospector 15 Green


Nova Craft Prospector in Oxblood


Nova Craft Prospector in Sand available to order



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

Nova Craft Prospector in Yellow


Nova Craft Prospector in Olive


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 16 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.

International Delivery

We are able to ship most items all over the world, please contact us with your delivery address, contact details and the item(s) you wish to order and we will respond promptly with a carriage cost.

Give us a call on 01202 625256 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 16 Tuffstuff


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