Prospecteur 16

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Prospecteur 16 Description

The Prospecteur 16 has the lines of the well-known Chestnut Prospector. Ideal for canoeists who want the versatility and capacity of the Prospector shape for day tripping and week-long adventures. The rugged T-Formex hull is great for those who enjoy paddling whitewater or who just want a super tough canoe for everyday usage. Stability, easy tracking, and good maneuverability in rapids are what make this canoe such a classic.

Prospecteur 16 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Tandem
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • Construction : T-Formex
  • Length: 16′
  • Width : 35″
  • Depth: 14″
  • Rocker: 2.75″
  • Colour: Red, Green
  • Weight: 65 lbs
  • Seats: Webbed seats
  • Standard: Vinyl trim, contoured ash yoke, thwart
  • Options: Wood trim; Tandem or Solo Touring Outfit Kit

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Prospecteur 16 Reviews

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Very stable and maneuverable…

Submitted by: ddegoma on 12/27/2023

Very stable and maneuverable in all types of water. Great payload. Tformex is a great replacement for Royalex and I feel it is a little more dense hence the slightly higher weight.

Boat weighs approx 65-70lbs.


I’m not experienced enough…

Submitted by: paddler2693740 on 12/27/2023

I’m not experienced enough to comment on performance but I do enjoy this canoe. One 6 day backcountry trip with combination of lakes and river. It seems to scratch quite easily but all cosmetic so far.

Advertised weight=65lb. Mine came in at 69.5lb. Wish it was a bit lighter.


Great all-rounder with…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/27/2023

Great all-rounder with emphasis on river journeys. It does fine on open lakes as well.


We purchased the Esquif…

Submitted by: poler34 on 8/16/2021

We purchased the Esquif Prospecteur 16 in T-Formex from LL Bean in Freeport, Maine on a Sunday and a few days later carried it half a mile for drill purposes. We soon realized that the boat weighed considerably more than the 65 lbs. described by Esquif on its website.

After weighing the boat using the method we have used to confirm the weight of other canoes we have owned, we discovered that this particular Prospecteur 16 weighs 76.4 lbs. Since we portage a great deal and are getting older, the weight of a canoe is very important. It is natural for a canoe to weigh a few pounds more or less than the manufacturer’s description, but a boat that weighs 17.5% more than it should is clearly either defective or perhaps close to what these boats actually weigh much of the time.

We wrote to Esquif about this issue but they did not respond, so we took the boat back to LL Bean and got our money back.

Out of the 10 canoes that my wife and I have purchased over the last 45 years we have encountered this problem twice. It is a problem that anyone purchasing a new boat should be aware of. As for Esquif, we have no idea what they are doing. We don’t even know if they even think this is a problem.