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Nova Craft prospector 16 SP3

Ideal plastic open canoe for family trips, canoe camping and more

Nova Craft Prospector 16 open canoe in SP3 triple layer plastic. One of the toughest open canoes available in the UK.

Wood And Web Seats:

Plastic Seats:

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 triple-layer plastic is one of the best value, versatile and toughest 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. This is one of the main reasons why you'll find the prospector 16 SP3 in many centres used for day canoe hire on the Norfolk broads and around the UK. Commercial operators understand just how these canoes are built to last and can be paddled by all sorts of people with practically any level of experience.

For a beginner, the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 forms an ideal partner and is great for family paddling, day trips and adventures. The intermediate paddler will learn a great deal from having such a manoeuvrable and adjile canoe while advanced paddlers will appreciate the way the Prospector 16 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.

For solo use, we suggest fitting a Kneeling Thwart.


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: 15' 4"/ 476cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.4cm
  • Weight: 85lb / 38.6kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 900 LBS / 409 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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Pelican Beavertail Lightweight Alloy Shaft Canoe Paddle For Use With The Nova Craft Prospector 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 SP3 Canoes Red


Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Canoes Green



Nationwide delivery available for the Nova Craft Prospector 16 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 16 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 16 SP3