Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak's 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Nova Craft Canoe. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book.


$1499 Royalex 70 lbs; R-Lite 59 lbs.
L: 15′; W: 36″; D: 15″
The Prospector 15 is a scaled-down version of our larger Prospectors. All the great features that make the Prospector a paddling legend are in a package that’s smaller and more responsive. The P15 is the choice for paddlers who want a smaller tripping boat or a fun tandem playboat.


$939 SP3 80 lbs.; $1199 fiberglass 60 lbs.; $1949 Kevlar 58 lbs.;. $2499 Kevlar/Spectra 52 lbs.; $2999 Blue Steel 48 lbs.; $1499 Royalex 74 lbs.; R-Lite 64 lbs.
L: 16′; W: 36″; D: 15″
The workhorse of the Canadian north, our Prospector feels most at home loaded with gear in the wilderness. While it is best suited for river tripping, it remains versatile enough to be a good all-round canoe and is the canoe of choice for canoe trip, whitewater or pleasure paddles.


$999 SP3 88 lbs.; $1299 fiberglass 72 lbs.; $2049 Kevlar 62 lbs.; $2599 Kevlar/Spectra 58 lbs.; $3099 Blue Steel 48 lbs.; $1599 Royalex 80 lbs.; R-Lite 68 lbs.
L: 17′; W: 36″; D: 15″
The Prospector 17 is a paddling legend in places like the Yukon and the Canadian Arctic. With lots of volume to keep you and your gear dry in whitewater, it still tracks well with good hull speed on lakes. The P17 is the ultimate extended wilderness tripping canoe.


$1699 Royalex 84 lbs; R-Lite 74 lbs.
L: 18′; W: 36″; D: 15″
The cargo capacity of the Prospector 18 is massive. The Prospector lines produce a canoe that feels deceptively light and responsive, with tons of space for any expedition. The P18 is a big boat with straighter tracking; it’s perfect for the wilderness traveler or for large families.


$2399 Kevlar/Spectra 48 lbs.; $2899 Blue Steel 44 lbs.; $1299 Royalex 58 lbs.
L: 14’10”; W: 32″; D: 15″
The Supernova is for paddlers who love solo river trips or who enjoy playing in rapids. While the hull characteristics do what you’d expect from a white water boat – keep you dry and effortlessly surf a wave – the canoe functions well in the flatwater sections between the frothy stuff.