Nova Craft Prospector 17 - Tuffstuff

17 Foot Open canoe, Ideal for long expeditions or big families!

The Nova Craft Prospector 17, at 17 feet long this is one of the largest canoes on the market and offers a huge amount of space, either for long expeditions or to accommodate your whole family.

Prospector 17 Tuffstuff- £1,869.15 (RRP £2,199.00 - Saving £329.85)

Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuffstuff Lightweight Open Canoe in OxBlood

Nova Craft Prospector 17 - Tuffstuff - Ox Blood

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Nova Craft Prospector 17 - Tuffstuff


The Prospector 17 made it's name as a wilderness expedition boat on the rivers and lakes of Canada. If you are looking for a canoe that can be loaded with enough supplies for a long multi day trip, or the perfect boat to get the whole family out on the water then the Prospector 17 would make a great option.

The Prospector 17 has all the classic features that the smaller Prospectors in the series have, including the symmetrical hull which will allow for dynamic tandem and solo paddling. It also has higher sides resulting in a greater volume and load capacity to ensure that you do not sit to low in the water when fully loaded.


Much like the rest of the Prospector range, the shallow arch hull will ensure an incredibly stable ride and ensure that you stay nimble enough to tackle more challenging sections of moving water and that it will handle well in windy conditions.

The Prospector 17 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 Prospector 17 is currently available in Novacraft’s SP3 plastic, other materials are available to order. For More details on the Nova Craft Prospector 17 - SP3.



The Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuffstuff is available to order only. Please call us on 01202 625256 for availability.

Nova Craft Prospector 17 - Tuffstuff Features

Nova Craft Canoes Outfitting

  • TuffStuff or Tuffstuff Expedition composite
  • Black anodized 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.


  • Length – 17ft / 518cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 15in / 38cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2.5in / 6.4cm
  • Tuff Stuff Weight – 58lbs / 26.4kg
  • Tuff Stuff Expedition Weight – 63lbs / 28.6kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1200lbs 545kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 17 - Tuffstuff 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.



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


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

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.


Aramid Lite

Aramid canoes are the lightest boats in the Nova Craft 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.


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

Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuffstuff in Red


Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuffstuff in Sand available to order


Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuffstuff in Yellow


Nova Craft Prospector 17 in Olive


Nova Craft Prospector 17 in Oxblood


Nova Craft Prospector 17 in Desert White

Desert White

Nova Craft Prospector in 17 Blue Steel

Blue Steel


Nova Craft Prospector 17 in Tuffstuff available to order only.



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 17 - 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 17 - Tuffstuff


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