Specifications for Prospector 15
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I have one left in Royalex. This one is a cosmetic blemished model. A new new Royalex Prospector is $1549. This is a sweet little canoe in tight places or when the going gets rough. This shorter Prospector delivers great performance in a smaller package. It is wide and highly maneuverable; great in small and large rivers and lakes where rough water conditions or tight quarters are likely. It's not fast but not a dog either. It still has a high capacity due to it's depth and seaworthiness. Like all Prospectors, high volume sides give confidence in most paddling situations. Whether getting a thrill while paddling whitewater, going out on a short trip or exploring local waters, this Prospector can do it all.
This particular Prospector may be better for tandem use than solo as it is slightly wider than the original. However a lone paddler can easily sit in the bow seat and face backwards for paddling ease. I like to put a collapsible 5 gallon jug up front to help keep the canoe more in trim. If you do this, leave about one gallon of space in the jug so it will float if necessary.
An ideal boat to keep by the cabin, its short length will allow for easy navigation between rocks or trees when fishing or stalking local wildlife. A little extra volume has been added to the width to make it more buoyant to add stability for sporting endeavors.
Canoes are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:
Royalex is a very tough and durable but still a reasonably light weight plastic laminate. A 17 foot Royalex canoe will weigh about 64 pounds compared to 75-85 pounds for other plastic or aluminum.
Composite materials include Tufweave, a fiberglass and polyester hybrid that outperforms ordinary fiberglass types S or E. Kevlar is a an extremely tough material that is also very light weight. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar but not as abrasion resistant.
Flexcore construction uses several layers of either Tufweave or Kevlar with a specially designed hull reinforcement in the bottom of the canoe. This reinforcement is designed to be quite stiff to retain the design shape but able to flex rather than break on obstacles. This is a very tough construction method but not as tough as Royalex. It's advantages are lighter weight and better performance. It is easily repaired if you manage to damage it.
Ultra light construction uses fewer layers of specially reinforced Tufweave, kevlar and or graphite to build the lightest canoe that is still practical for everyday use in reasonably demanding conditions. It usually does not have a color applied to the hull unless you ask for it. The gel coat (color) adds about 5 pounds to the canoe. This is the stiffest construction method, resulting in the best performance. It is not a good choice for a steady diet of hitting rocks and gravel unless light weight is a very high priority for you. It is especially good for lake and large river trips where carrying the canoe is over portage routes is necessary. Some smaller people and those with less upper body strength appreciate the light weight in all circumstances. It is reasonably easy to repair in most cases.