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17' Prospector Kevlar/Duraflex

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Clipper Canoes

1717 Salton Rd.

Phone: +1 (604) 853-9320

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CAD 2595 / USD 2543
Available Colors
Jade, Yellow, Red, White, Blue, Sand


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Designed to haul you and your gear for multi-day trips. Whether it be the Bowron Lake Circuit, the Broken Group, the Nahanni or your local lakes, these canoes provide you with the ability to get out and explore the great outdoors for days-on-end.

The Prospector 17 has become the first choice of many experienced paddlers. It is ideally suited for rough water, large loads, and its forgiving nature makes it suitable for novice paddlers. As with any expedition canoe, it has to be quick to maneuver and easy to paddle or it will be left behind on the next trip. The Prospector 17 excels in both areas. The 17' Prospector is in its element when on a wilderness trip - loaded to the gunnels and beyond. When loaded, it maintains its speed and becomes even more stable. Wilderness explorer, Paul Van Peenen’s letter pretty much says it all.

This canoe is available in four layups and can be ordered with a spray skirt, d-rings, sliding bow seat, and a wilderness lash system. Add a footbrace if you want the ultimate river tripping canoe. Although this canoe is praised as a tripping canoe, it also makes a good family canoe because of its large capacity.

Beam (@ 4"Waterline): 34"

Bow Height: 21"

Stern Height: 21"

Center Height: 15"

Std Features:
Wood web seats, yoke, flotation tanks, bow & stern thwarts


Gunnel covers, black trim package, wood trim package, foam thigh pads, wilderness lash system, contoured yoke, expedition spray skirt.

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In my opinion this is the most kick-ass all around high performance canoe money can buy. A true work of art.


About Me
Paddler for 30+ years. Many years racing whitewater slalom in both C-1 and kayak. 8 years experience as a raft guide on the Ottawa River. Currently trying to do as many canoe trips as possible with my family, on ocean, lakes and rivers in BC.
Pros / The Good
Very stable, predictable handling, even with three kids bouncing around. Inspires confidence in rough water, stays really dry. Huge capacity of 1100 pounds. Still quite nice to paddle solo. Tracks well, but also turns well due to the fair amount of rocker. I have the kevlar duraflex layup with aluminum gunwales and it is nice and stiff, but ridiculously strong - you can flip it over and walk on it no problem. Weight of around 68 pounds is quite manageable for most portages. Overall, this is just a great all around boat that will get you where you want to go, with all your gear, in pretty much any kind of water any other boat can go on. Crafstmanship of the Clipper boats is second to none.
Cons / The Bad
If you don't need the strength, the weight of the Duraflex layup can be a problem for portages over a kilometre; but you can just stop and rest for a bit! Or use wheels. Or go with the kevlar or ultralight layup. One drawback of the 17 foot versus 16 foot is that you can't paddle it backwards sitting on the bow seat, due to there being a thwart just behind the bow seat. And the 17 is a bit more boat than you might need for short day trips on calm water.
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