Canoes
Prospector Series



Prospector 18’

The cargo capacity of the Prospector 18’ model can only be described as massive. The Prospector lines produce a canoe that feels deceptively light and responsive, but there’s tons of space to pack in a load of supplies for any expedition with room left over to toss in the kitchen sink. The P18 is a big boat with straighter tracking than our shorter Prospectors. It’s perfect for the wilderness traveler intent on expedition style adventures or a large family wanting to travel in one canoe.

Made in Canada.


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Ambassador Testimonials


Aaron Peterson

The Prospector 18 is a great family tripping canoe with tons of space for kids and gear. This has become our go-to family adventure-mobile and has allowed us to get back into the wilderness tripping lifestyle we enjoyed before kids, but now with the little ones safely alongside us.


Specifications

Weight

TuffStuff: 68lb / 30.8kg
TuffStuff Expedition: 72lb / 32.7kg
Aramid Lite: 58lb / 26.3kg
Blue Steel: 62lb / 28.1kg

Weights are based on year-long production averages and may vary.

Learn more about our materials here.

Dimensions
Length: 18′ / 549cm
Width: 36″ / 91.4cm
Center Depth: 15″ / 38.1cm
End Depth: 23″ / 58.4cm
Rocker: 2.5″ / 6.4cm
Capacity: 1400lb / 636kg

· Symmetrical Hull
· Shallow Arch Bottom
· Moderate Rocker

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Reviews

by Ian Malcolm – review from www.paddling.net:

I purchased my Royalex 18′ Nova Craft Prospector in the spring of 2000 and have paddled it on lakes and whitewater rivers in Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan every year since then. The 1400 lb capacity and tracking of the Prospector shape make it an outstanding long-trip canoe, and the bonus is that, because it has no keel, it also handles with huge stability and surprising agility in white water. (In a following wind on big water, like Georgian Bay, the lack of a keel causes a certain slippage, but it’s easy to compensate for.)

I’ve fitted my canoe with skid plates and d-rings for centre & bow/stern flotation bags, so it works as a (big!) tandem playboat, and this year I purchased & installed a North Water spraydeck to make it a go-anywhere tripper. With the spraydeck, I’ve already run CIII – CIV rapids this year (for example, the Rollway Rapid on the Petawawa, run with a full load in medium high water without eddying) – result: minimum water taken in and phenomenal control throughout. The canoe’s weight (84lb sans spraydeck) is an issue for a person accustomed to a lighter load, but I’ve carried mine nonstop for 2km with no need to set it down.

The yoke is exceptionally well-designed and supremely comfortable; much more so than the ash yoke in a friend’s 17′ Nova Craft Prospector. The only improvement I could imagine would be to own the same model in Nova Craft’s Blue Steel option, for much less weight – though then I’d be worried about hull brittleness as opposed to the forgiving flexibility of Royalex. Overall, an outstanding canoe.


by Aaron Peterson

The Prospector 18 is a great family tripping canoe with tons of space for kids and gear. The third seat works great for my children, ages 7 and 5 to share side-by-side. Since we live near Lake Superior we wanted a large sea-worthy boat for extended wilderness trips in a material tough enough to handle the rocky shores and occasional surf landings. The P18 in outfitter configuration and TuffStuff material has handled beautifully in the wind, waves and confused seas while carrying our crew and gear for a week’s outing. And for a big boat it’s surprisingly portage friendly as well. This has become our go-to family adventuremobile and allowed us to get back into the wilderness tripping lifestyle we enjoyed before kids, but now with the little ones safely alongside us.