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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.

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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.


Delivery Information

Delivery of Canoes:

We offer a delivery service for Open Canoes covering many areas of mainland UK using our own fleet of vehicles. Due to shipping restrictions from our couriers, we are unable to offer a courier delivery service for this product range. Please contact us with your address and we can advise price and availability for delivery to your area.

Most Kayak & Canoe deliveries arrive within 1-2 weeks (not guaranteed) from confirming your order. The majority of Canoe & Kayak deliveries will be quicker than this but some may take longer.

For further information, please read our Delivery Information page.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide:

We also offer a collect from store service. 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

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