Wenonah Prospector 15
Responsive and ultra stable, the Prospector is a very…
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.
- 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.
Here's what other sites are saying:
2NDS . Wenonah Prospector tandem canoe features a steeply rockered hull for maneuverability and stability as well as ample room for gear. Royalex(R) hull ensures maximum durability with less weight Designed to run dry through light rapids and riffles on small winding rivers Ash yoke Wood thwarts and handles Curved hung webbed seats for comfort Length: 15' Width: 37" Bow and stern depth: 24" Center depth: 14" Rocker: 2-1_2" Weight: 59 lb. Material: Royalex(R) Made in USA Boats are cosmetic 2NDS and may come with minor blemishes, not unlike those that will be incurred on the first outing. To ensure your satisfaction, please remove all packaging material immediately upon arrival, and inspect for damage prior to signing acceptance form from carrier. Note any damage on carrier?s document, and contact Sierra Trading Post with any problems. Delivery Charge: $125. Must ship via truck within the 48 contiguous U.S. only. Not eligible for special shipping offers. Available Colors: RED, SPRUCE.
- Sierra Trading Post