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Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Strong, Durable Canoe

Tough and robust open boat based on the classic Prospector shape. Available with a choice of standard wood-web seats or more durable moulded plastic seats.

Nova Craft Prospector 15 in SP3 Material

Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 (triple layer plastic) in Blue Colour with 2 X Wood Webbed Seats

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Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

This 15ft version is the shortest model in the Prospector Range and keeps true to the hugely popular Prospector shape, just scaled down slightly. This shorter model is perfect for lighter/smaller paddlers, solo paddling or folks looking for a lighter, more responsive and nimbler canoe for added manoeuvrability. For those looking for a similar shape all-round canoe but with a greater carrying capacity and stability then please look at our Prospector 16 Pages.

Made in the home of open boating- Canada, Nova Craft have been manufacturing high quality canoes for over 50 years and are world renowned for their quality designs and workmanship. We import Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3’s directly into Manchester Canoes from the Canadian factory.

The Prospector hull shape has been so successful due to its versatility on a variety of different water types, making it a true general-purpose workhorse. With forgiving lines and moderate rocker, the Prospector 15 Canoe is at home cruising down slow-moving rivers, as it is tackling small rapids or day trips on local canals or lakes.

For the strongest construction, Nova Craft uses SP3 plastic- manufactured by oven roto-moulding three layers of super linear polyethylene. The outer and inner layers are solid plastic and the middle layer is a foam core. These canoes are extremely strong; amongst the strongest anywhere. Providing all-round paddlers with the perfect choice for moving water and general recreational use. The tough SP3 canoes are very popular for outdoor centres and rental operators due to their high levels of durability and superb construction.

Also available in Nova Craft's premium materials TuffStuff and Tuffstuff Expeditionextremely lightweight, modern materials. Click the Materials Tab above for further information.

We can also supply the Prospector 15 SP3 with heavier duty moulded plastic seats and seat backs, rather than the more traditional styled wood-web seats (standard).

Key Features


Prospector 15 SP3 (triple layer plastic):

  • Constructed from extremely durable SP3 triple layer polyethylene.
  • 2 x Wooden Webbed Seats or robust plastic seats.
  • Wooden centre yoke.
  • Wooden bow & stern carry handles.
  • Symmetrical, shallow arched hull.
  • Moderate rocker for manoeuvrability.


Prospector 15 SP3:

  • Length: 14'10" / 452cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 85lb / 38.6kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 850 lbs / 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


Prospector 15 SP3:

Nova Craft Prospector 15 canoe in green


Nova Craft Prospector 15 canoe in red


Materials Explained- Read what Nova Craft say about their most popular material choices-


  • SP3 (triple layer) canoe hulls are made by roto-moulding three layers of super linear 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 river, white water or general recreational use. These are the most affordable canoes made by Nova Craft. The tough SP3 canoes are hugely popular with Outdoor centres, Hire Companies and Canoe Clubs due to their legendary strength, durability and build quality.
  • TuffStuff is a cutting edge, lightweight, composite made of basalt and Innegra fibres. Basalt fibre is made of melted basalt rock and Innegra is a fibre consisting mostly of polypropylene. When they are woven together into a cloth and infused with a high impact vinylester resin system, the result is simply amazing. TuffStuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a very light canoe for extended flat water trips with more than enough strength to handle lots of abuse through normal use.
  • TuffStuff Expedition is a more robust heavier duty version of the standard TuffStuff construction. These canoes are an excellent choice for an expedition grade canoe during extended wilderness trips and some occasional lower-grade white water use. Stiff for great performance, incredible impact resistance and lightweight all in one canoe. You can see some of the abuse and testing these canoes can take on these YouTube Videos:

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Delivery Of Canadian Canoes

We offer a delivery service for Open Canoes covering many areas of mainland UK using our own fleet of vehicles. Due to shipping restrictions from our couriers, we are unable to offer a courier delivery service for this product range.

Please contact us with your address and we can advise price and availability for delivery to your area.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

We offer a collect from store service for the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3. Collection for orders placed online can be made from any of our Canoe Shops UK Stores. For full details on our Click & Collect service, please see: Nationwide Click & Collect

For further help and information about the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3, please call us on 01925 818437