Awesome canoe. Rugged, dependable, able to leap buildings in a single bound!!! Had my Prospector for over 10 years. On lakes, rivers, the ocean... dragged over ledges, slid down steep banks.... always comes up smiling. It's like an old friend. Love my canoe!!!
I've been paddling for over 40 years and done most of it in Canada's north. I have a Trailhead canoe which is a great canoe but I had the opportunity to do a couple of trips with my bud who has a 17' Nova Craft Prospector Lightweight. Wow...!!!I Was jealous immediately. The canoe tracked well, was responsive in rapids, and was a joy to portage. My next canoe will definitely be a Nova Craft... I just finished watching the canoe fall 100 in the promo video... Amazing! And a perfect fit for the ruggedness of Canada's north.
I have had a Lightning paddle for almost 20 years. It's the best paddle I've ever owned. Light, tough, durable and efficient. It's been used as a crutch, trail maker, filleting board, and tarp holder. It's on its last leg now simply because I've worn it down over the years. Would I get another? A resounding yes!!! Experience the finest in paddling. Buy a Lightning!!!
We've had a Trailhead in our family for years. The 16' has been our favorite. We take out our handicapped son fishing in it. It's been on some of the craziest rivers in the Yukon. It's a great all-round canoe that is dependable, tough and responsive. It's definitely a keeper and would recommend it for any kind of canoeing you do!!
Would I recommend this canoe for tripping? Without a doubt.