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- designed in 1910. Since 1984, Nova Craft has gone out of our way to continue the tradition so future generations of paddlers can enjoy this icon of Canadian history.
The Workhorse of the Canadian north, the 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.
The Nova Craft Prospector series has come to be known as the SUV of canoes at Rutabaga. If you're looking for a boat to do everything, the Prospector is the way to go. The traditional upswept bow, rounded bottom, and moderate rocker make for a very dry and responsive boat in whitewater and a fairly fast boat on flat water. The 15" depth at mid-ship gives you an astonishing load capacity at 1000 lbs.
Beyond strength, TuffStuff canoes offer other advantages over conventional thermoformed plastic canoes. They are much stiffer, which leads to greatly improved performance and efficiency. Easy glide motion and faster response are evident after only a few paddle strokes. TuffStuff is also lighter than conventional plastic boats. TuffStuff is quite a material.
TuffStuff Expedition is a more robust, heavier duty version of Nova Craft's standard TuffStuff construction. These canoes are an excellent choice for an expedition grade canoe for extended wilderness trips and some whitewater use. Stiff for great performance, incredible impact resistance and lightweight all in one canoe. You can see some of the abuse these canoes can take on Nova Craft's YouTube channel here.
At Rutabaga Paddlesports we have been selling kayaks and canoes online for over a decade. We are also a top SUP dealer. Rutabaga Paddlesports supplies paddlers with clothing and accessories that fit their budget, style, and meet their demands. We strive to offer a broad range of American made and sustainable paddle gear to our customers.