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Nova Craft Prospector 16

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Nova Craft Prospector 16 tripping/expedition canoe

Rigid construction and classic design make this the SUV of the wilderness. It makes friends on every trip.


  • Good durable construction
  • Classic shape good in rough water
  • High capacity load limit
  • Web seats allow for reverse solo paddling
  • Minimal wood = low maintenance
  • Paddles straight due to small keel


  • Fibreglass model is heavy

Taken my 16' Novacraft Prospector canoe down rivers and on week-long lake trips. Loaded it up and still had 6" freeboard. You will bulk out before you weight out—and we take cast iron dutch ovens, charcoal, fuel cans, watercubes etc; we camp heavy.

Paddles well with two, although the Clippers pass us on flat water.  We pass them ashore on rough water because they are taking water in over the gunnels and we are not. 

We glued D ring tiedowns on the bilge line for cargo, but don't use them, lashing over the two central thwarts works better. The web seats mean you can sit backwards on them, unlike the tractor seats on other canoes; makes solo paddling very simple.

I have made a 2x4 outboard motor transom for it and it takes a 2 hp motor fine, just go slow. I use this when trolling.

The portability and flexibility of this canoe keeps it in annual use. I have had others borrow it when in camp because it is so easy to get along with when puddling around with children in front of the beach, not as tender as some of the lighter faster canoes, far more versatile. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1800

Love the wall height, rocker 2" great, all around great canoe!!!!!


  • Lightweight
  • New hull "TuffStuff Expedition"
  • Excellent on lakes and running rivers
  • Good company to work with!!


  • Cost slightly on high side (but livable)

Handles wonderful on running rivers, great on smooth water. The Tuff Stuff material I love because of its light weight and durability. Expect to last till I'm gone.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $2,700 with extras

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Price Historic Range: $1,029.00
Reviewers Paid: $1,800.00-$2,700.00
Length 16 feet / 5.2 m
Max Width 36 in / 91.5 cm
Weight 48-74 lbs / 21-34 kg depending on hull material
Capacity 1,000 lbs / 454 kg
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