Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff Ash Gunwales

Nova Craft

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  • The Chestnut Prospector has probably been described more often in text than any other canoe, it’s just that popular. Nova Craft's version of this venerable craft is faithful to the original. Since 1984, Nova Craft has gone out of their way to continue the tradition so future generations of paddlers can enjoy this icon of Canadian history.

    The Workhorse of the Canadian north, this Prospector 16’ feels most at home loaded with gear on a remote wilderness lake or river. While it is best suited for river tripping, it remains versatile enough to be a good all round canoe. With experience, the self-righting aspects of the shallow arch hull will become apparent and confidence levels will soar. Whats more, it provides a very dry ride in big waves and whitewater. It is simply the best all round wilderness tripping canoe available.

    This product is made in Canada

    *Please Note: We don't ship canoes at this time, but would be happy to facilitate an in-store pickup.

    • Symmetrical Hull
    • Shallow Arch Bottom
    • Moderate Rocker
    • Gunwales: Ash
    • Seat: Ash, Bootlace
    • Yoke: Deluxe Ash Yoke
    • Skid Plates: None
  • Weight* 56lb / 25.4 kg (TuffStuff)
    Length 16' / 488 cm
    Width 36″ / 91.4 cm
    Center Depth 15″ / 38.1 cm
    End Depth 23″ / 58.4 cm
    Capacity 1000 lb / 454 kg
    2.5″ / 6.4 cm

    *Weights are based on year-long production averages and may vary and are for no-keel versions.

  • TuffStuff is a cutting edge proprietary composite made of basalt and Innegra fibers. Basalt fibre is made of melted basalt rock and Innegra is a fibre consisting mostly of polypropylene. When they are woven together into a cloth and infused with Nova Craft's high impact vinylester resin system, the result is simply amazing! TuffStuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light canoe for extended flatwater tripping with more than enough strength to handle lots of abuse in the back country.

    Ash Gunwales: There are many benefits to upgrading to ash gunwales. The most obvious reason is aesthetic. Wood gunwales have a classic and traditional look that is tough to beat. But there are also some practical reasons why one may opt for ash over aluminum. Wood trim is quieter on the water. If you are interested in hunting, nature photography, or simply observing wild animals in their natural habitat, travelling very quietly is important. Animals are less likely to be scared away when paddles knock against wooden gunwales. Ash is also very comfortable to handle and carry because it is a non-conductive material. Aluminum, on the other hand, will heat up in the sun and get quite cold in low temperatures.

    Nova Craft's ash gunwales are oiled but not varnished. There is some upkeep required in order to keep oiled wood healthy and beautiful looking. Properly maintaining ash gunwales requires sanding and oiling them a couple of times a year. Also, canoes with wooden gunwales should be stored indoors over the off-season in order to prevent rotting.

    A lot of time and careful effort into installing ash trim on these canoes. Because of the extra time and craftsmanship required by this process, there is a considerable upgrade fee which reflects the extra labour costs.