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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

Strong & Versatile Open Canoe made in Canada

Nova Crafts 16ft all-round Prospector SP3 canoe design for use on most inland waterways.

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 (triple layer plastic) in Red Colour.

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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

The Prospector 16 from Canadian manufacturers Novacraft follows the hugely successful and popular Prospector hull shape. Widely considered to be the best all-round Canadian canoe design, and offered in Novacraft's SP3 material. This material is nearly indestructible, maintenance free and constructed from oven roto-moulding three layers of super linear polyethylene. The outer skin and innermost layers are solid plastic and the middle layer sandwiched between is known as a foam-core. These canoes have proven extremely strong, and amongst the most durable available. Providing all-round canoeists with a great choice for moving water and general recreational use.

Manufactured in the home of open boating- Canada, Novacraft have been building canoes for over 50 years and have a great reputation for their high-quality workmanship and world-leading designs. The tough Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoes are hugely popular with centres and rental operators due to their durability, strong construction and low maintenance. There are also moulded plastic seat options available to give even more longevity.

Available in three length's, Prospector SP3 16 is perfect for larger occasional solo paddlers, regular tandem paddlers or paddlers looking for a higher carrying capacity than a 15ft open boat. For those wanting to paddle solo regularly yet have a similar shape canoe with less carrying capacity, but is slightly lighter and having more manoeuvrability then please look at our Prospector 15 Page. The Novacraft Prospector SP3 is also available in a 17ft length perfect for carrying heavier loads, or fitting a 3rd seat into.

The Prospector hull shape has proven very successful over the decades due to its versatility on a variety of different waters. With forgiving lines and a moderate rocker, the Prospector is at home canoe camping on slow moving rivers just as it is taking on low grade white-water rapids or day trips on lakes or canals. Nova Craft also offer their Prospector 16 in their premium lightweight materials. These materials offer less durability, but increase the option for easier carrying and lifting. Click here for more information on the TuffStuff and TuffStuff Expedition Prospectors from Nova Craft.

Key Features

Prospector 16 SP3:

  • Constructed from SP3 Triple Layer Polyethylene.
  • 2 x Wooden Webbed Seats (standard) or moulded plastic seats/seat back as optional extras.
  • Wooden Centre Yoke.
  • Wooden Bow and Stern Carry Handles.
  • Symmetrical Hull Shape.
  • Moderate Rocker.
  • Low Maintenance Vinyl Gunnels.

Seating Options:

Wood / Webbed Seats

Nova Craft Prospector 16 with wood / webbed seats

Plastic Seats

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 with plastic seats


Prospector 16 SP3:

  • Length: 15'4" / 476cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 90lb / 40.8kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1000lb / 455kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 for your weight


Prospector 16 SP3:

Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoe in green


Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoe in red


Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoe in blue


Recommended Accessories

CSG 5 Metre Straps

CSG 5 Metre Straps

For securing canoes to your roof rack. These heavy-duty straps have spring loaded buckles which are less likely to deform items than ratchet straps.

Price £14.95

C Tug Trolley

C Tug Trolley

The best trolley available, 120kg static loading capacity.

Price £114.95

30 Litre Canoe Barrel

30 Litre Canoe Barrel

Strong and durable waterproof barrel to keep your kit dry.

Price £32.95

Thule Loackable Straps

Thule Lockable Roofrack Straps

Keep your new kayak safe with Thule's innovative 4m lockable strap. Each strap contains a highly durable steel core wire. The buckle has a protective cover to avoid scratches on your kayak.

Price £76.00

Thule Portage 891 canoe carrier for roof racks

Thule Portage 891 Canoe Carrier

Padded canoe supports for transporting your canoe on the roof rack of your vehicle.

Price £125.00

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 16 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 16 SP3, please call us on 01925 818437