Responsive and ultra stable, the Prospector is a very…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $800


Responsive and ultra stable, the Prospector is a very good down river canoe. If you have dogs or often go fishing, this is a good option for you. It's not fast, and it has some design issues, but overall, it's a good value.


  • Maneuverable
  • Stable


  • Slow
  • Design quality

Wenonah's Prospector 15 is a fun boat for river trips. It's rock-solid stable and can turn on a dime. It's a great choice for beginner paddlers, dog owners, and fisherpeople.

It's not the fastest boat out there, so you won't win any races. Keeping it going in a straight line takes a little work. But if you're going to be running rapids and want a boat to play in, this is a good choice. It has enough volume for camping trips, but if you're not a careful packer, you may want to opt for the 16-foot model.

The seats are white ash with nylon webbing on metal hangars.  The wood seat frames are contoured. Paddlers do sit relatively low in this boat, which is a bonus for stability.  

Some quibbles: The carrying handles are not particularly comfortable, nor are the seats. More concerning, the flat-ish, broad hull bottom is susceptible to oil-canning.

Prospector-style canoes are offered by more than one or two canoe manufacturers. Almost without exception, they're all versatile boats that are a blast to paddle. Wenonah's interpretation of this classic design is no exception. It's not the best prospector-style canoe I've paddled, but it's a good value.

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Wenonah Prospector 15

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The Wenonah Prospector 15 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen September 7, 2011 at Sierra Trading Post.

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