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Nova Craft prospector 15 SP3

Superb Build Quality Triple Layer Plastic Canoe

The Nova Craft Prospector 15 is one of the toughest plastic canoes you can buy. Ready for anything and everything you can throw at it, and easy for all skill levels beginner to expert to get on with.

Wood And Web Seats:

Plastic Seats:

Nova Craft Prospector 15 Triple Layer plastic Open Canoe

Nova Craft Propsector 15 SP3 open canoe with wood seats

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Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

The Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 open canoe foot is the shortest model in the outfitter Nova Craft range that keeps true to the hugely popular prospector shape, just scaled down slightly. This shorter version of the Prospector is perfect for lighter or smaller paddlers, solo paddling or folks looking for a lighter, more responsive and nimble canoe for added manoeuvrability. For those looking for a similar canoe but with more carrying capacity and stability then please look at our Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Page.

Made in the home of open canoeing - Canada, Nova Craft have been manufacturing canoes for over 40 years and are world renowned for their quality designs and workmanship.

The Prospector canoe hull shape is so successful due to its versatility on a variety of different water types. With forgiving lines and slight rocker, the Nova Craft Prospector is just as much at home cruising down slow moving rivers as it is tackling small rapids or day trips on local canals or lakes.

Available in Nova Craft's superb hard wearing, extra tough SP3 triple-layer plastic, manufactured by oven roto-molding three layers of superlinear polyethylene. The outer and inner layers are solid plastic and the middle layer is a foam core that gives theese canoe some inherent buoyancy should you turn them over. These canoes are extremely strong, amongst the strongest anywhere so provide a reliable canoe thith many years of lifespan. This provides all-round paddlers with a canoe that is the perfect versatily choice whether your adventure takes you onto moving water or just some pleasant general recreational use. The tough SP3 canoes are very popular for centres, hire fleets and rental operators due to their durability and superb construction.

The Prospector 15 SP3 canoe is also available in Nova Craft's superb Tuff Stuff and Tuff Stuff Expedition for those looking for a lightweight canoe.

For solo use, we suggest fitting a Kneeling Thwart.


The Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 open cnaoe comes with wood and web seats as standard, it is also available with moulded plastic seats as an option.


  • Triple Layer Superlinear Polyethylene
  • 2 x Ash-Web Seats as standard
  • Plastic Seats option available
  • Ash Carrying Yoke
  • Bow and Stern Ash Carry Handles
  • Vinyl Gunnels
  • Manufactured in Canada 
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker


  • Length – 15ft / 457cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 14.5in / 36cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2in / 5cm
  • Weight – 75lbs / 34kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 850 LBS / 386 KGS Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 for your weight


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Pelican Beavertail Lightweight Alloy Shaft Canoe Paddle For Use With The Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Pelican Beavertail Canoe Paddle

A great cheap lightweight open canoe paddle with aluminium shaft and Polypropylene plastic blade. Lightweight, tough and an ideal spare paddle or for rocky areas when you don't want to be using your nice wooden paddle.

Length 57"



Grey Owl Voyageur is a great paddle for use with the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Grey Owl Voyaguer Paddle

Light, powerful and a superb all-rounder, the Voyageur is a popular choice of canoe paddle. Laminated Black Cherry, Basswood, Ash and Walnut with Epoxy tip and Polyurethane exterior coating.

Grey Owl Guide ottertail canoe paddle

Grey Owl Guide

A beautiful paddle for touring and deeper water. Ottertail design that cuts through the water effortlessly. Laminated Black Cherry with Epoxy tip and exterior Polyurethane outer coating.

Canoe Barrels are great for use with the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Canoe Barrels - 30 or 60ltr

Tough canoe barrels are ideal for storing kit when open canoeing. Lashed to the canoe they also provide some additional buoyancy. Available in 30 or 60ltr sizes.

Pair of Buoyancy Blocks for use with the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Ruk Buoyancy Blocks - Pair

Easy to fit way of fitting additional buoyancy into your canoe. Internal block made from closed cell Polystyrene with a tough outer cover. Mesh storage pocket and a lashing strap on each block for easy installation.



Lashing Kit to fit 2 Buoyancy Blocks into the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Buoyancy Blocks Lashing Kit

An easy to use kit that includes Cord, P-Clips and Pop Rivets to help secure a pair of Buoyancy Blocks into your open canoe.



Northwater D-Ring Attachment Point

D-Ring Attachment Point

A 2 inch D Ring attached to a Vinyl base via Nylon webbing. All stitched together to produce a hard wearing, relaible way of securing buoyancy blocks into your canoe.



VinylTec Glue for fitting D-Rings to your canoe

VinylTec 2000 Glue

VinylTec 2000 is an ideal adhesive for fitting D-Rings into your plastic open canoe. Brush included inside cap to aid installation.



Folding Canoe Trolley for use with the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Riot Folding Canoe Trolley

A great budget canoe trolley. Folds for easy storage when not in use, solid puncture proof wheels and a kick stand for easy loading.



Railblaza C-Tug Portage Trolley the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3

Railblaza C-Tug Trolley

Still the best Portage Trolley on the market, the C-Tug is strong, breaks down into small parts for easy storage and is fully adjustable for a range of canoe hull shapes.




Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 Canoes Green


Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3 Canoes Red



Nationwide delivery available for the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3. The price for delivery will be shown in the website basket prior to checkout. For full details on delivery please see: Delivery Information

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

Nationwide Click & Collect available for the Nova Craft Prospector 15 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

Give us a call on 01603 747139 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 15 SP3