H20 Canoe Company – Prospector 16/4 Review
The original New Brunswick’s Chestnut Canoe Co. created Prospector 16 in 1910. A century later the Prospector 16/4’s design is still widely considered “the most versatile tripping canoe ever.” Today, the ‘Prospector name’ still sells boats… though few Co.’s versions resemble its namesake. H2O’s objective in creating their Heritage Series Prospector 16/4 was to replicate the original canoe design’s magic… and they have!
H20 Canoe Company’s Prospector 16/4’s traditional symmetrical shape combines with a semi-round keeless hull and moderate rocker for stable, but sensitive pivots or leans when carving turns. Sharp entry lines enhance but flare out quickly to increase buoyancy to float over large waves, rather than crash through them. Responsive yet predictable under all loads and conditions, paddled solo or tandem, H2O’s Prospector 16/4 is a true Canadian Classic.
“Looking for a do everything well but nothing best canoe? Day, week, kids, dog, solo, tandem, flatwater, whitewater… this could be your next canoe!”
Standard Trim Pkg. Features
Low maintenance aircraft grade black anodized aluminum gunnels, ABS end caps, white ash web seats, ash deep dish portage yoke, stainless steel fasteners and bow & stern floatation / storage hatches. Frontenac Outfitters also upgrades every Kevlar H20 Canoe by adding a white ash kneeling thwart for solo paddling & unique finger grip handles – a $95 value FREE!
ICG – Integral Composite Gunnel Upgrade
All Superlight Kevlar and Ultralight Helium layups include H20’s innovative ICG upgrade – A $300.00 Value! Black anodized aluminum outer gunnel combines with a Carbon/Kevlar composite inner gunnel. The result is an exceptional gunnel system, which is 50% stronger, 50% more rigid and 50% or 3- lbs lighter than traditional aluminum systems!
For complete details on H20’s layups and construction methods: Click Here
Wood Gunnel Upgrades
Ash – add $400.00 / Cherry – add $500
Hand rubbed oil white ash or black cherry gunnels fastened with stainless steel screws replaces black anodized aluminum gunnels, canoes interior remains the same.
Premium Fiberlight & Premium Kevlar:
SuperLight Kevlar: (two-tone colours)
UltraLight Helium Carbon / Kevlar: (two-tone colours)
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