Prospector 15′

The Prospector 15′ is a scaled-down version of our larger Prospectors that’s faithful to the original lines in every way. You get all the great handling features that make the Prospector a paddling legend, in a package that’s a bit smaller and more responsive. The P15 is an ideal choice for paddlers who want a tripping boat but don’t need the extra volume. Its extra responsiveness also makes the P15 a fun tandem play boat.

Made in Canada.






When I'm setting off on a long solo expedition, it's Nova Craft's 15 foot Prospector that is my first choice for such a journey. I’ve paddled Nova Craft’s Prospector 15 in the TuffStuff Expedition layup in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions imaginable and it has held up in all of them. My Prospector manages to be both amazingly tough and durable, able to withstand grinding over ice and rocks, yet remarkably light and maneuverable when I need to portage for miles with no trails. If there’s a better expedition canoe, I’ve never heard of it.

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Fiberglass: 59lb / 26.8kg
TuffStuff: 52lb / 23.6kg
TuffStuff Expedition: 57lb / 25.8kg
Aramid Lite: 41lb / 18.6kg
Blue Steel: 45lb / 20.4kg
Weights are based on year-long production averages and may vary.

Learn more about our materials here.

Length: 15′ / 457cm
Width: 36″ / 91.4cm
Center Depth: 15″ / 38.1cm
End Depth: 23″ / 58.4cm
Rocker: 2.5″ / 6.4cm
Capacity: 850lb / 386kg

· Symmetrical Hull
· Shallow Arch Bottom
· Moderate Rocker

· Available with or without a shoe keel in some materials. Weights listed above are for no-keel versions.

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I picked the 15’ Prospector in TuffStuff after watching YouTube videos of Adam Shoalts and the Baird brothers using the same style canoe. I wanted a canoe that I could solo and carry lots of camping gear. Because I take my dog Molly everywhere I wanted the canoe to be stable in both class 1 and 2 rapids and large lakes. This canoe met all of those requirements and it’s a darn good looking canoe to boot.

Stan Ketchel
Maine, USA