Nova Craft Prospector 16 - SP3

Versatile open canoe suitable for lakes, rivers and estuaries

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 is a perfect tripping canoe for longer flat water river and lake journeys but is also great for general family paddling and even moderate whitewater.

Wood / Webbed Seats:
£891.65 (RRP £1,049.00 - Saving £157.35)

Plastic Seats:
£849.15 (RRP £999.00 - Saving £149.85)

Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 16 SP3

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 - Red

Nova Craft prospector 16 SP3
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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3


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 paddler 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 wood webbed 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.


If you like the Prospector 16 but need something lighter weight, check out our TuffStuff Nova Craft Prospector 16.



The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 is available with plastic seats. Please call us on 01202 625256 for pricing and availability.

Nova Craft Prospector 16 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: 15'6" / 472cm
  • Width: 35" / 90cm
  • Weight: 83lb / 38kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 900lbs/409kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 for your weight

Standard Constructions

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.


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 Expadition 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.


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 16 SP3 in Red


Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 in Green





We offer a delivery service for the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.

Delivery times are estimates based on years of experience; we do not offer a guaranteed timed delivery service. Our overnight service works well for the core more densely populated areas of the UK for Clothing and Equipment orders. However more remote less densely populated areas will not be covered by a next day service.

Delivery of canoes and kayaks is classed as “ugly freight” because mechanical handling and automatic parcel processing cannot be used; therefore a delivery time of 3-5 working days is more realistic. For remote location that delivery time will be dependent on the local courier’s ability to onward ship the goods. Not all areas of the UK are serviced by vehicles that can handle canoes and kayaks. Online orders can be tracked online using the courier’s website – tracking details will be provided. We make every effort to deliver goods within the estimated time scales.

The delivery price will be shown in the shopping basket.

Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 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, 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 16 SP3


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