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Nova Craft prospector 16 SP3

Ideal open canoe for family trips, canoe camping and more

Nova Craft Prospector 16 open canoe in SP3 triple layer plastic. Based on the original Chestnut Prospector and a great canoe for beginners right through to advanced.

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

2 x Plastic Seats
£934.15 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £164.85)

The ever popular Nova Craft Prospector 16 open canoe in SP3 plastic Red

Nova Craft Propsector 16 SP3 with 2 wood web seats fitted

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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 open canoe in SP3 plastic is one of the best value and versatile canoes for all-round use that money can buy. The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 combines a high carrying capacity and bomb-proof build quality with responsiveness and performance to the very highest standards.

For a beginner, the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 forms an ideal partner and is great for family paddling adventures. The intermediate paddler will learn a great deal from having such a maneuvrable and adjile canoe while advanced paddlers will appreciate the way the Prospector can take on some fairly serious whitewater, yet still be effecient over a long journey through calm, open waters.

The hull of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 gives a nice dry ride thanks to high sides and a bow profile that helps deflect water as you punch down rapids. The rocker allows you to pivot the Prospector 16 SP3 expertly on the spot and the forgiving and predictable nature of the hull allows you to edge the boat when paddling solo.

One feature that makes this such a versatile canoe is the fact that it can be paddled so well whether you are solo or in tandem.For many people this means that the Prospector 16 SP3 ticks many boxes on their personal wish lists of features they need from an open canoe. However if you're looking for an expedition or a family canoe to carry more, perhaps consider the Nova Craft Prospector 17 as well.

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 is also available in Novacraft's superb Tuff Stuff and Tuff Stuff Expedition composite materials for those looking for a lightweight canoe that is also extremely tough and resiliant.


The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 comes as standard with the wood and webb seats fitted. Models with 2 or 3 plastic seats are available and are made to order.


  • Triple Layer Superlinear Polyethylene
  • 2 x Ash-Web Seats as standard
  • 2 or 3 x Plastic seats available
  • Plastic seats option also available
  • Deluxe Sculpted Ash Carrying Yoke
  • Bow and Stern Ash Carry Handles
  • Vinyl reinforced Gunwales
  • Manufactured in Canada 
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker


  • Length: 16' / 488cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 75lb / 34kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1000 LBS / 455 KGS Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 for your weight


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Recommended Accessories

Open Canoe Paddles for use with the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 canoe

Canoe Paddles

Whatever style of open canoe paddles you're looking for, from budget Alloy shaft to a variety of comfortable wooden paddles, we've got you covered.

Open Canoe Buoyancy Aids and Lifejackets for the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 tandem canoe

Buoyancy Aids

We stock a variety of comfortable Buoyancy Aids with a great fit for everyone from kids to adults in a range of colours and styles. Whether for whitewater or touring,we have a PFD for you.

Painter lines are ideal for mooring up in your Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 tanem plastic open canoe.

Painter Kit

2 x 5m lengths of floating rope and bungees to secure your open canoe for a variety of uses such as towing, mooring up and for use as a swim line.

Price £15.29 (RRP £17.99 - Saving £2.70)

Canoe trolley

Canoe Trolley

With puncture proof wheel, adgustable cradle, unbeatable reliability and the ability to break down and stow in seconds, the C-Tug really is the perfect open canoe trolley.

Other trolleys are available

Price £97.71 (RRP £114.95 - Saving £17.24)

Feelfree 15ltr Dry Bags are great for Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Open Canoe trips

Feelfree 15ltr Dry Bag

Great for keep your kit or sandwiches dry while canoeing out on the water. A tough, durable waterproof dry bag.

Other sizes are available.

Price £14.36 (RRP £17.95 - Saving £3.59)

5m Car Roofrack Straps for open canoes - sold in a pair

5m Roofrack Straps for Canoes

Really tough, simple to use pair of 5m Straps with a neoprene back to protect your canoe for tying down your Nova Craft Prospector 16 to a car roofrack.

Price £12.71 (RRP £14.95 - Saving £2.24)


Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 16 looks great in Green


Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 16 Red


Standard Delivery

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 is available for delivery thoughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland.
Canoes and kayaks are normally supplied within 3-5 working days. Clothing and equipment are normally delivered within 1-3 days.


Collection - Click & Collect

The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 is available for instore collection from Norfolk Canoes or from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb Road Nr Newquay
  • Kayaks & Paddles - Plymouth
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Southampton Canoes - Totton

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


Give us a call on 01603 747139 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3

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