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Chestnut Prospector 16


A large volume tripping canoe

• Length 16'
• Maximum beam 35"
• Beam waterline 33.25"
• Bow height 19.25"
• Centre depth 13.25"
• Displacement 420 lbs.
• Draft 4"
• Wetted surface 27.2 sq.ft.
• Weight to immerse 120 lb/in
• Prismatic coefficient 0.510
• Weight 55 to 60 lbs
• Keel-less or shoe keel

The Chestnut Canoe Company built this "workhorse of the North" to meet the specific needs of the prospector - good maneuverability through whitewater and wilderness, with capacity to carry substantial loads. The 16' Prospector features a flattened, shallow arch hull with its fullness carried into the bow and stern, good depth amidships to maintain freeboard and deepened ends to keep paddlers and gear dry. The rockered keel-line makes it very maneuverable in whitewater. This was the favoured canoe of the late Bill Mason, Canada's premier paddler..."it is amazing that such a large-volume tripping canoe can also be so beautiful to paddle solo in the leaned position - canoe ballet, as I call it. It is the ideal all-round canoe."

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© The Bear Mountain Boat Shop 1993
Lines taken by Bill Mason
Drawn by Ted Moores, 1993
Lines faired by Steve Killing, 1999
Customer built boat photos courtesy of Steve (1), Neil and Lisa (2), Tom Friedel (3), Seth Stehouwer (4-6), Ed Kocialski (7/8)

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