H2O Canoe Company - Prospector 16/4

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Weight 33 lbs - 53 lbs
Length 16'4"
Width 35"
Depth 14"
Bow Height 21"
Stern Height 21"
Rocker Bow 2.5"
Rocker Stern 2.5"
Optimal Paddler Weight (Low) 300 lbs
Optimal Paddler Weight (High) 500 lbs
Max Capacity 650 lbs
Canoe Shape Symmetrical
Hull Bottom Semi-Arched
Hull Sides Semi Tumble-Homed
Bow Shape Re-Curved
Keel NA

H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 Canoe


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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 - H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 resemble its namesake replicating the original design's magic.

The H2O Prospector 16/4 is mid-sized boat in the family that also includes the shorter Prospector 15/4 and larger Prospector 17/6. Maneuverable yet predictable under all loads and conditions, paddled solo or tandem, H2O's Prospector series of canoes are true Canadian classics.

It combines a symmetrical shape with a semi-arched, keeless hull and moderate rocker to create an exceptionally responsive canoe. Sharp entry lines help slice through large waves, while semi tumble-homed sides help shed water away from the paddler.

"Looking for a do-everything-well canoe - day, week, kids, dog, solo, tandem, flat-water, or whitewater? The the H2O Canoe Company Prospector 16/4 covers all the bases!"


Great White North

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!

  • Innegra Tuff - 5 lbs / 24 kg - $3795.00
  • Expedition Kevlar - 49 lbs / 22.2 kg - $3995.00

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!

  • Carbon/Kevlar - 42 lbs / 19.1 kg 

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!

  • Innegra/Basalt - 46 lbs / 20.4 kg - $4095.00
  • Kevlar - 42 lbs / 19.1 kg - $4295.00
  • Carbon/Kevlar - 42 lbs / 18.1 kg - $4395.00
  • Carbon/Innegra - 41 lbs - $4395.00 

Pro-Lite 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!

  • Innegra/Basalt - 39 lbs / 17.2 kg - $4595.00
  • Kevlar - 36 lbs - $4795.00
  • Carbon/Kevlar - 36 lbs - $4895.00
  • Carbon - 35 lbs / 15.9 kg - $4995.00
  • Carbon/Innegra - 35 lbs / 15 kg - $4895.00

Note 1: 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 and innovative layups, Click Here!

Integral Composite Gunwale (ICG)

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% lighter than traditional aluminum gunwales!

Wood Gunnel Options

  • Ash: $650.00 / Cherry: $700.00

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

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