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Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3

A great expedition or family adventure canoe

Nova Craft Prospector 17 in SP3 triple layer plastic. The ideal open canoe for family adventures, expeditions and camping trips bith bags of space for additional seats of kit.

Wood and Webb Seats

Plastic Seats

The Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 Is A Great Family Expedition Canoe

Nova Craft Propsector 17 SP3

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Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3

The Nova Craft Prospector 17 is an extremely versatile and hard-wearing canoe and a very popular choice for those who need a spacious open canoe but don't want to sacrifice performance and features. Made from Nova Craft's superb SP3 plastic, the Prospector 17 SP3 will provide many years of care-free canoeing however you treat it. The Prospector 17 Sp3 is an ideal canoe for families looking to carry 2 or more paddlers at it can be easily outfitted with additional temporary Nova Craft Sling Seats or more permanent seating. Alternatively if you're looking for a canoe to take on an expedition or canoe camping, the Nova Craft Prospector 17 Sp3 has bags of room and a very high carrying capacity.

The hull of the Novacraft Prospector 17 SP3 gives a dry ride thanks to high sides and a bow profile that helps deflect water if you decide to take it down rapids. The rocker allows you to pivot the Prospector 17 Sp3 expertly on the spot and the forgiving and predictable nature of the hull allows you to edge the boat when paddling solo.

If youre looking for a versatily canoe but want something a little smaller, then take a look at the Nova Craft Prospector 16 Sp3 or even Prospector 15 SP3.

The Prospector 17 Sp3 is also available in Nova Craft's amazing Tuff Stuff and Tuff Stuff Expedition for those looking for a lightweight canoe.


The Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 is comes as standard with wood and web seats. 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 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 – 17ft / 518cm
  • Width – 36in / 91.5cm
  • Bow Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Centre Depth – 14.5in / 36cm
  • Stern Depth – 23in / 58.5cm
  • Rocker – 2in / 5cm
  • Weight – 99lbs / 45kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1200 LBS / 544 KGS Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 for your weight

Recommended Accessories

Pelican Beavertail Lightweight Alloy Shaft Canoe Paddle For Use With The Nova Craft Prospector 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 SP3 Canoes Green


Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 Canoes Red



Nationwide delivery available for the Nova Craft Prospector 17 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 17 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 17 SP3