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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Canoes

16' All Round Canoe - Made in Canada

The Prospector 16 SP3 excels on longer river trips but is equally at home carrying the family for an afternoon picnic or even some moderate whitewater action. A true do it all machine.

2 x Wooded Webbed Seats: £939.00 (RRP £1,049.00 - Saving £110.00)

2 x Plastic Seats: £999.00 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £100.00)

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Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3


The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 is a tough all-round canoe ideal for recreational paddling with the family, long day expeditions and can even tackle moderate white water. It's tough SP3 construction also makes it very popular with centres, clubs and rental locations.


The SP3 material is made by roto-molding three layers of superlinear polyethylene powder. The two outer layers are solid and the middle layer is foam. These canoes are extremely strong and are an excellent choice for river use or general recreational use. These are the most affordable canoes Nova Craft make.


Designed with a traditional upswept bow, the Nova Craft Prospector helps keep you dry in rough water whilst its moderate rocker increases manoeuvrability without sacrificing straight line tracking. The smooth rounded mid-ship section to gives the Prospector 16 great stability and makes it easy to paddle. A truly great all round design that makes the Prospector 16 popular choice for both the beginner and seasoned pro. At home on placid water such as canals and lakes but still capable of tackling fast moving rivers.


The Prospector 16 is perfect for two with gear but will accommodate an extra optional centre seat for carrying an additional passenger or a couple of children. A popular choice as a family canoe or for those looking to carry gear for overnight trips or longer journeys.



The Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 is also available with moulded plastic seats. Please call us on 01273 513200 for pricing and availability.



  • 2 x Wooden Webbed Seats
  • Wooden Centre Yoke
  • Bow & Stern Carry Handle
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker
  • Great All Round Canoe
  • Can be fitted with additional centre seat

SP3 Specification

  • Length: 15'6" / 472cm
  • Width: 35" / 90cm
  • Weight: 83lb / 38kg
  • Capacity: 900 lbs / 409kg

Seat Options

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Wood / Webbed Seats fitted to the Novacraft Prospector 16 SP3

Wood / Webbed Seats

Plastic Seats fitted to the Novacraft Prospector 16 SP3

Plastic Seats

SP3 Colour Options

Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Red Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 Green
Red Green


Recommended Accessories:

Alloy Canoe Paddles

Standard Alloy Canoe Paddles

Alloy shaft canoe paddles with plastic T grip handle and strong plastic blades

Enigma Note Canoe Paddles

Enigma Note Canoe Paddle

The Enigma Note canoe paddle is a classic canoe paddle design constructed from quality pine and mahogany with a clear lacquer for a clean finish and to increase durability

Enigma Key Canoe Paddles

Enigma Key Canoe Paddle

The Enigma Key canoe paddle is a traditional beavertail design constructed from quality pine, mahogany and ash with a clear lacquer for a clean finish and to increase durability.

Open Canoe Trolley

Open Canoe Trolley

Stable trolley for transporting open canoes. Constructed from lightweight alloy and designed to fold down to reduce size when carrying in canoe. Canoe is secured to trolley using a roof rack strap - not included.

Canoe Bouyancy Blocks - Pair

Canoe Bouyancy Blocks - Pair

Tough heavy duty foam blocks cut into wedges to fit into bow and stern of open canoes. Hard buoyant foam core covered in hard wearing black vinyl material. Provide additional buoyancy for open or fast moving water.

Buoyancy Lashing Kit

Buoyancy Lashing Kit

For securing Buoyancy Wedges into an open canoe. The kit consists of eyelets, rivets & shock cord. The eyelets are riveted to the underside of the gunwale. The cord is laced through to hold the buoyancy in place.



We offer a delivery service for the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 to home and work addresses throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland.

Equipment, clothing and accessories are normally supplied using an overnight delivery service using a nationwide courier. Canoes & Kayaks are sent on a 3 day delivery service. Delivery times are estimates based on years of experience and we do not offer a guaranteed timed delivery service.

Online orders can be tracked online using the courier’s website – tracking details will be provided. We make every effort to deliver goods within the estimated time scales.

The delivery price will be shown in the shopping basket.

Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 online from our website and collect from our store in Newhaven, East Sussex or from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with this.

Our other stores are:

  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven, BN9 0DH
  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole, BH16 5BW
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb Road, TR9 6PZ
  • Kayaks & Paddles - Plymouth, PL21 9RL
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington, WA1 4RX
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich, NR5 0JU
  • Southampton Canoes - Totton, SO40 3SA

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

If you need any further help or advice about the Nova Craft Prospector 16 SP3 please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop

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