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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

Multi-Purpose Open Boat made in Canada

Novacrafts 16ft all-round design use on most inland waterways.

Available with different seat choices:

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

2 X Plastic Seats:
£891.65 (RRP £1,049.00 - Saving £157.35)

3 X Plastic Seats
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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 canoe

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

Images below show a Prospector 16 fitted out with 3 X plastic seats.

Nova Craft Prospector 16 Wiht 3 X Plastic Seats
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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3


The 16 footer is the mid-sized model in the Prospector Range that follows the hugely successful popular Prospector shape, providing a popular all-round open boat. This mid-sized version is perfect for heavier/larger paddlers, tandem paddling or paddlers looking for faster canoe, with a higher carrying capacity. For those wanting a similar canoe with less carrying capacity but lighter and having more manoeuvrability then please look at our Prospector 15 Page.


Manufactured in the home of open boating- Canada, Novacraft have been building canoes for over 40 years and have a great reputation for their high quality workmanship and world-leading designs.


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 as it is taking on lower grade white-water or day trips on lakes or canals.


Manufactured from Nova Crafts SP3 plastic, which is manufactured 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. The tough SP3 material canoes from Novacraft 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.


Also available in Nova Craft's premium materials, including TuffStuff an extremely lightweight and strong option.

Click here to watch the video and read more about TuffStuff and TuffStuff Expedition

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

Plastic Seats With Backrests

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 with Plastic Seats and backrests


Prospector 16 SP3:

  • Length: 15'4" / 476cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 85lb / 38.6kg
  • 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


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  • 2x lengths of elasticated cord.

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

Unless instructed otherwise, we endeavour to supply goods ordered within 3-5 working days for the UK mainland. Our standard delivery service for the majority of canoes is 3 working days. Some addresses in Scotland and other remote areas can take a little longer.

The delivery price will be shown in the shopping basket.


Collection - Click & Collect

You can buy a Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 online from our website and pick it up from ourselves or from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection*.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - Near Newquay
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Hampshire

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.

For further help and information about the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3, please call us on 01925 818437


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