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Swift Canoe Prospector 16

Lightweight Prospector Canoe

The Classic Prospector Canoe in a 16ft model. Including a 3-seater Combi Canoe.

Swift Prospector 16

Swift Canoes Prospector 16 Emerald over Champagne colour

Swift Prospector 16 Combi

Swift Canoes Prospector 16 Combi Ruby over Champagne colour

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Swift Canoes Prospector 16

The Swift Prospector 16 shape is close to the original ‘Chestnut Prospector’ design, and has slightly less rocker than other Prospectors, allowing it to glide and track well on flat water. The Pro 16 is the most stable out of the three sizes of Swift Prospector and with the extra carry capacity, perfect for heavier paddlers and/or camping kit. As with all Prospectors it is very popular due to its general-purpose shape, stability and ease of paddling in most situations. It can be paddled solo or with a 2nd person, and is fine for shorter day trips alongside multi-day camping expeditions. With a moderate rocker the Prospectors are well suited for faster flowing rivers where manoeuvrability and turning ability are sought after attributes (not shallow white-water).

The Swift Prospector 16 is available with two Cherrywood webbed seats as standard, but is also offered a Prospector 16 Combi model, which has a factory fitted third seat. This 3rd seat provides room for a third paddler when required, but is also situated in a really nicely balanced position for solo paddling. To ensure there is enough room to paddle from the 3rd seat, the Prospector 16 Combi does not have a central yoke, and the 3rd seat provides enough strength to preserve the hulls structural integrity. The Prospector 16 is the most popular canoe model we sell at Manchester Canoes. The Swift Prospector 16 shape is closer to the original ‘Chestnut Prospector’, and has slightly less rocker than other Prospectors, allowing it to glide and track on flat water. The Pro 16 is the most stable out of the three sizes of Prospector and with the extra carry capacity, perfect for heavier paddlers and/or camping kit.

The materials used and construction techniques that Swift have developed is put to great use in their Prospector 16, providing a fantastic strength to weight ratio. All the UK imported Swift Canoes come standard with integrated carbon/kevlar gunnels which are incredibly light, yet offer huge strength and rigidity to the overall boat. We offer the Prospector 16 with the hugely popular Kevlar Fusion hull material which offers a good value option for a boat that is this light and strong (other, even lighter material hull materials are available if required). We also bring the Swift Prospector in with the smart two-tone hull colourways. The lighter coloured ‘Champagne’ base to the hull is very effective at hiding any light scratches or scrapes that the boat may pick up during it’s lifetime of adventures.

We import the best-selling Swift Canoes, based on UK paddlers requirements and these are displayed on our website. However, Swift do offer a huge array of material options, outfitting choices and custom builds. If you would like to design you own ‘super canoe’ from Swifts many options, and have a custom-built boat, then we would highly recommend taking a look at the Swift Website. Here you will find a custom boat building tool, and some fantastic videos which clearly explain the many features, outfitting choices and materials available:


If you have any questions relating to Swift Canoes or Swift Pack Boats, or would like to discuss a custom boat build and how to pre-order one into the UK, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with of the team here at Manchester Canoes who would be happy to help.

Key Features

  • 2x Cherry contoured, webbed seats.
  • Built-In buoyancy chambers at either end.
  • Bow and stern cherry handles.
  • Cherry central yoke (no yoke on the 16 Combi).
  • Kevlar Fusion hull material.
  • Black and Gold Carbon/Kevlar integral gunnels.
  • Two-tone colour scheme.
  • Prospector Combi has 3rd seat fitted and no central yoke.


Prospector 16/16 combi

  • Prospector 16
  • Length: 16'
  • Gunwale Width: 33.5"
  • Maximum Width: 35"
  • Waterline Width: 32"
  • Centre Depth: 13.5"
  • Bow Height: 21"
  • Stern Height: 21"
  • Bow Rocker: 2"
  • Stern Rocker: 2"
  • Weight of a fitted-out Prospector 16 in Kevlar Fusion with Carbon/Kevlar Gunnels: 38lbs/17.3kg
  • Weight of a fitted-out Prospector 16 Combi in Kevlar Fusion with Carbon/Kevlar Gunnels: 39lbs/17.7kg
  • Optimum Load Range: 160kg-270KG (350 - 600 lbs)


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Images shown for colour illustration only and may differ from Standard UK spec

Swift Prospector 16 Emerald over Champagne

Swift Prospector 16 Emerald over Champagne

Swift Prospector 16 Ruby over Champagne

Swift Prospector 16 Ruby over Champagne


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C Tug Trolley

C Tug Trolley

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Thule Canoe Portage

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Thule Loackable Straps

Thule Lockable Roofrack Straps

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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 Swift Canoes Prospector 16. 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 Swift Canoes Prospector 16, please call us on 01925 818437