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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:

2 X Plastic Seats:

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 16 footer is the mid-sized model in the Prospector range, that follows the hugely successful popular Prospector shape. Widely considered to be the best all-round hull shape ever designed in the history of canoeing. 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..

Moulded from Novacrafts SP3 material, which is 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.

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.

Available in three length's, the Pro 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 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.

The Pro 16 is also available in Nova Craft's premium materials, including TuffStuff- an extremely lightweight option for easier carrying and lifting. Click here for more information on the TuffStuff and TuffStuff Expedition materials.

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: 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


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

CSG Canoe & Kayak Painter Kit

CSG Canoe & Kayak Painter Kit

A painter kit can be used to secure your canoe or kayak to the bank, to  secure the bow/stern when loaded on a vehicle and to pull you the riverbank/shore.

  • 2x 6m lenghts of floating rope.
  • 2x lengths of elasticated cord.

Price £17.99

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 £123.00

Delivery Information

Delivery of Clothing, Equipment, Accessories, Paddles & Inflatable Boats/Boards:

We offer a delivery service throughout the UK & Northern Ireland. Most deliveries arrive within 1-3 working days, although some deliveries may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks & Canoes:

We offer a delivery service on most kayaks & canoes covering most of the UK & Northern Ireland - Some products and areas are excluded. We provide a bespoke delivery service for canoes and kayaks to improve the level of service and minimise the risk of damage.

Most Kayak & Canoe deliveries arrive within 1-2 weeks (not guaranteed) from confirming your order. The majority of Canoe & Kayak deliveries will be quicker than this but some may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks or Canoes that exceed 4.5m (450cm) is temporarily unavailable - Due to length restrictions with our shipping agents.

For further information, please read our Delivery Information page.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide:

We also offer a collect from store service. 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