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Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3

Multi-Purpose Open Boat made in Canada

Novacrafts 17ft all-round design use on most inland waterways.

Wood / Webbed Seats:

Plastic Seats:

Nova Craft Prospector 17 canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 17

Top and side view of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoe
Nova Craft Prospector 17 plastic canoe seat
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Nova Craft Prospector 17


The 17 footer is the largest model in the Prospector Range that keeps true to the hugely popular prospector shape, providing a canoe that is perfect for heavier/larger paddlers, tandem paddling or paddlers looking for faster canoe, with a higher carrying capacity. A capacity of 545kg allows all the kit you would need for a month’s expedition into the wilderness. For those looking for a similar canoe with less carrying capacity but lighter and having more manoeuvrability then please look at our Prospector 16 Page.


Manufactured in the home of open boating- Canada, Novacraft have been building canoes for more than 40 years and have a strong reputation for their top quality workmanship and leading designs.


The Prospector hull shape has proven so successful over the years due to its versatility on a variety of different water types. With forgiving lines and slight rocker, the Prospector is at home cruising down slow moving rivers as it is tackling small rapids or day trips on local canals or lakes. The 17 foot having more volume also keeps your kit drier through rapids and tracks on line with great speed taking you straight through the rapid.

Key Features

  • SP3 Roto-moulded triple layer polyethylene plastic construction. 
  • Reinforced vinyl gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  • Wood/webbed seats or plastic seats
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke (In our opinion the best standard fit canoe yoke on the market), shaped to spread the weight across your shoulders evenly and it has even got a small notch for the small bone in your neck.
  • Shallow arch shaped hull gives initial stability whilst a moderate rocker allows good manoeuvrability.
  • Manufactured in Canada

Hull Shape

  •  Symmetrical Hull
  •  Shallow Arch Bottom
  •  Moderate Rocker

Seating Options:

Wood / Webbed Seats

Nova Craft Prospector 17 with wood / webbed seats

Plastic Seats

Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 with plastic seats


  • Length – 17ft / 518cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 14.5in / 38cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2in / 5cm
  • Weight – 99lbs / 45kg
  • 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 for your weight


Prospector 17 SP3:

Nova Craft Prospector 17 canoe in green


Nova Craft Prospector 17 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

Canoe Trolley

Riot Large Kayak and Canoe Trolley

Aluminium folding canoe trolley manufactured to a high standard, using the best materials that should provide many years of reliable service.

Price £69.95

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

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 17, please call us on 01925 818437