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Nova Craft prospector 17 TuffStuff

A Superb Lightweight Family Open Canoe

Family canoes have historically had to be large and heavy affairs, not so anymore with the Nova Craft Prospector 17 in Tuff Stuff. Amazingly light and easy to handle at a mere 27.2kg's

Prospector 17 TuffStuff:£2599.00

Prospector 17 TuffStuff Expedition:£2849.00

Nova Craft Prospector 17 family open canoe in Tuff Stuff and Expedition

Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff canoe

A Tuff Stuff Expedition Nova Craft Prospector 17 is hardy enough to take almost any punishment on a canoe camping trip
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Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff

The Nova Craft Prospector is a superb all-round canoe, and for a family the Prospector 17 in Tuff Stuff makes living with a large canoe a whole lot easier. At only 27.2kgs the Prospector 17 in standard Tuff Stuff and 29.5kg in Tuff Stuff Expedition, it gives you all the room you could need in a family canoe but at the weight of a small single person touring kayak. For anyone who has previously tried to handle a canoe of this size off the water, having a 17 foot canoe that weights so little is an absolute dream come true.

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

The Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff canoe can be loaded up with kit for canoe camping, expedition paddling, holiday gear or just people as it has bags of room for the kids or kit. There is even plenty of space to be outfitted with 3 seats and still leaves room for gear as well.

The Prospector 17 canoe is also available in Tuff Stuff Expedition material where additional layering and reinforcement make it that bit tougher again - perfect if you're thinking of taking on a little white water while out on an adventure.

Note: The Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff canoe is also available with factory fitted wooden gunwales, skid plates and kneeling thwart. This means that your special order canoe will be fully outfitted with your specified options before it is shipped to the UK. Please call us on 01603 747139 for price & timescale's.


  • Tuff Stuff or Expedition composite
  • 2 x Ash-Web Seats
  • Ash Carrying Yoke
  • Bow and Stern Ash Carry Handles
  • Aircraft grade black anodised aluminium gunwales
  • Reinforced ABS end deck plates.
  • Manufactured in Canada 
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker


  • Length – 17ft / 518cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.4cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 15in / 38cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2.5in / 6.4cm
  • Tuff Stuff Weight – 60lbs / 27.2kg
  • Tuff Stuff Expedition Weight – 65lbs / 29.5kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1200 LBS / 545 KGS Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff for your weight

Recommended Accessories

Open Canoe Paddles for use with the Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff 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 17 Tuff Stuff 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 17 Tuff Stuff 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 £17.99

Canoe trolley

Canoe Trolley

With puncture proof wheel, adjustable 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 £114.95

Feelfree 15ltr Dry Bags are great for Nova Craft Prospector 17 Tuff Stuff 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 £17.95

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 17 Tuff Stuff to a car roofrack.

Price £14.95


Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 17 TuffStuff Expedition Green


Nova Craft Canoes P17 TSE Yellow


Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 17 Ox Blood

Ox Blood

Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff Lightweight Canoe Sand


Nova Craft Canoes Lightweight Prospecotr 17 Family Canoe TuffStuff Red


Nova Craft Canoes Prospector 17 Lightweight Open Family Canoe Olive


Standard Delivery

If you would like the Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff delivered, please contact us with your address details and we can discuss the options for delivery using our fleet of Canoe Shops vehicles.

Collection - Click & Collect

The Nova Craft Prospector 17 TuffStuff 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 17 TuffStuff