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H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 Canoe

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H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 Canoe 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…H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 though few Co.'s versions resemble its namesake. The H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 replicates the original canoe design's magic and is the mid-sized boat in the family that also includes the shorter Prospector 15/4!

The H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 combines a traditional symmetrical shape 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, flat-water, or whitewater? The the H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 could be your next canoe!"  

H2O Layup Options

Great White North Layups

H2O’s Great White North layups are built for the everyday paddler being both rugged and dependable for tripping or recreational paddling. To learn more about their build processes and standard features, Click Here!

Helium Layups

H2O’s Helium layups are aesthetically striking and lightweight making them perfect for tripping, back-country camping, and portaging. To learn more about their build processes and standard features, Click Here!

Brute Force Epoxy Layups H2O’s Brute Force Epoxy lamination is built for the unforgiving paddler who demands a robust and resilient canoe. To learn more about their build processes and standard features, Click Here!

Epoxy Pro Series Layups  H2O’s Epoxy Pro Series are the industry’s leading layups for ultralight tripping and easily considered the lightest, toughest canoes on the planet. To learn more about their build processes and standard features, Click Here!

Note: H2O Canoe Company continues to advance their layup options to offer paddlers greater choice of reduced weights, improved strength, better abrasion resistance, and higher impact durability! For a full snapshot at all these exciting & innovative layups, Click Here!

Integral Composite Gunwale

Black anodized aluminum outer gunwale combined with a Carbon/Kevlar composite inner gunwale that is integrated into the mold during construction. The result is an exceptional system, which is 50% stronger50% more rigid and 50% or 3- lbs lighter than traditional aluminum gunwales!

Wood Gunnel Options

Ash – add $450.00 / Cherry – add $500.00

Hand rubbed oil white ash or black cherry gunnels fastened with stainless steel screws replaces black anodized aluminum gunnels, canoes interior remains the same.

Colour Options

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H2O Great White North: (Solid Colours) H2O Helium Options: (Clear Coat Upper with Gel-Coated Hull)

Clear-coat over natural fabric (Black Carbon, Golden Kevlar) on the upper wall with gel-coated hull (choice of colour option above).

H2O Epoxy Pro & Brute Force Options: (Clear Coat Over Natural Fabrics)

Full clear-coat over natural fabric (Carbon or Innegra/Basalt) with no gel-coat.

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  • Great White North (Innegra Tuff) ~ 51 lbs / 23.1 kg

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  • Helium (Premium Kevlar) ~ 44 lbs / 20 kg

  • Brute Force (Innegra / Basalt) ~ 43 lbs / 19.5 kg

  • Brute Force (Kevlar) ~ 41 lbs / 18.6 kg

  • Helium (Carbon / Kevlar) ~ 42 lbs / 19 kg

  • Brute Force (Kevlar / Carbon) ~ 39 lbs / 17.7 kg

  • Pro-Lite (Innegra / Basalt) ~ 37 lbs / 16.8 kg

  • Pro-Lite (Carbon) ~ 35 lbs / 15.9 kg

  • Pro-Lite (Innegra / Carbon) ~ 33 lbs / 15 kg


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Frontenac Outfitters was created way back in 1984. Our vision rewards visitors with a vastly superior level of customer service, paddling expertise and an exhilarating 'on-water' experience.

Today, we have grown to become One of Canada's Largest, most respected, full-service Paddlesports shops. Our sincere objective is to introduce you to a fun, educational and environmentally responsible way to explore our waterways!

We realize our wilderness setting means an investment in your valuable time to come see us. We promise should you make that trip that we will devote our time, energy & expertise to you.

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