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Prospector 16

by Swift Canoe & Kayak

The Prospector design has been a figurehead of Canadian canoeing since the beginning, and the Swift Prospector 16 is our contribution to its legacy and rich heritage. Built from the foundation of a hundred years of dependability, the Prospector 16 has plenty of room for gear, surprising responsiveness, and stability that will put any paddler at ease. The Expedition Kevlar and Kevlar Fusion are available with Aluminum or Carbon Kevlar trim options.

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There are a lot of things I like about my 16…

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There are a lot of things I like about my 16 ft Prospector. It is light for carrying, looks good and handles well. I am disappointed though in the way it handles in a wind, any wind.

For a lone paddler it is almost impossible; sure you can put a 40 pound weight in the front to keep the nose down, but it is still very difficult. For two people paddling it is obviously much better, but still difficult. Miss a stroke and you wind up sideways even when you have two adult 140 pd plus experienced paddlers.

All my previous canoes have had keels and this one does not, and I think that is the problem. When I discussed this with sales reps they said they have never had a complaint about that, which I find hard to believe. A friend has one and he too is disappointed in this aspect of the canoe.

After the long winter of 2013-2014 waiting for My new Prospector 17…

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After the long winter of 2013-2014 waiting for My new Prospector 17, May 25 it arrived and was delivered by Mr. Bill Swift Himself to Our agreed pickup point in Saranac Lake, N.Y.. It was a delightful Summer of 100 miles of paddling and I learned a lot about having this very fine canoe. One apprehension I had early on was that for a solo paddler I might have bought to large a canoe. I really did want the larger 17 as I felt it would market easier if and when I ever decided to sell and one way or the other I would make this longer canoe work for Me. I has and I could not be more pleased.

I have the sage barracuda two tone with a white champagne bottom. The rails are carbon kevlar with the cherry trim tops. Because the canoe is symmetrical, it was a very easy thing to sit on the front sliding seat facing rearward. I adjust that front sliding seat so the nearby thwart is just under the bend in My knees and My seating position on the seat is right at the seats canter. There is absolutely no need to kneel and have a kneeling thwart put in, or heaven forbid, intall a canter seat which would not work at all. My solution is working very well.

I have had no problem at all reaching the water with My paddle and I would not change a thing. It seems to Me that it's all just exactly by design and that I'm not just making the best of things. I have a dry bag at the opposite end with about 40# of water in it and the Prospector is just a very small bit above level exactly where I want it. If You are a solo paddler and would like the 17# foot Prospector, this system works very well. Actually, I have removed the yoke and rebolted it in reverse. What I now have is a Prospector with a stern sliding seat. In 5 minutes the arrangement can be changed back to the way it was made and ready for tandem.

I recently purchased a 16' Prospector Carbon Fusion Canoe in Textreme, directly…

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I recently purchased a 16' Prospector Carbon Fusion Canoe in Textreme, directly from Swift in Canada. I live in Florida and there are no dealers within 1500 miles of me. The custom order was handled by Scott Way and Bill Swift at the headquarters. It was a pleasure doing business with this company and I'm convinced of their high integrity.

The canoe itself is very high quality and at 33 lbs., it allows me to be able to handle it myself when loading on and off my vehicle. Being in my senior years, this means I can keep canoeing many more years to come, Lord willing.

The Prospector handles well in the water, esp. when I'm paddling alone while my wife is taking birding pictures using a telephoto lens on the camera.
I highly recommend Swift.

I had been using a 14' Voyageur fiberglass canoe, prior to purchasing…

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I had been using a 14' Voyageur fiberglass canoe, prior to purchasing the Prospector. The reason for the switch was looking for more stable canoe. I purchased a Kevlar canoe with wood seats, yoke and gunnuels.

Pros:-light weight, -stable, -handles waves well (1m)

Cons: -tracking requires close attention (to be expected no keel), -hardware (nuts and bolts) not water resistance. (suggest replacing with brass or stainless steel), -capacity

I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled waves. I was in a large lake with waves over a meter and just ignored them when navigating across the lake. I was surprised (should not been) at tracking. The canoe does not have a keel, so tracking has to be paid close attention too.

Turning was neither a negative or positive, I found it to be good, nothing special. I was a little surprised at capacity. It is not able to carry more weight than my old 14' which was a surprise. I personally would like the seats to be a little lower. This is just a personal preference.

All in all this is a good canoe and the criticisms are all small.

Carbon Fusion, Lightweight and great for solo or tandem. Our first canoe…

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Carbon Fusion, Lightweight and great for solo or tandem. Our first canoe and at 55+ my wife can lift the canoe and hoist it up safely on the yoke for portage... our Golden Retriever Ceilidh is as excited as we are.

Swift is the first placed we stopped off at near our home in Huntsville, Ontario at the Oxtongue Lake store. We did not need to search any further as our sales/support team Brian and Skip made the description, water demo, even helping us with tethering it to our SUV, looking after our paddle and PFD selection a delight.
Swift is the best for your value and we are delighted!

My wife and I just spent 3 days canoe camping in the…

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My wife and I just spent 3 days canoe camping in the Adirondacks with the Swift Prospector 16 we special ordered through Mountainman Outfitters in Old Forge, NY. I want to take this opportunity to compliment the Swift staff for a well done job that produced an incredibly well built boat. The craftsmanship, attention to detail and level of quality that went into the construction of this boat is greatly appreciated. Also, David Yost deserves kudos for a boat design that more than lives up to the legendary Prospector’s reputation.

At 40 pounds, our Kevlar Fusion boat was a real pleasure to portage (if portaging could ever be a pleasure). The hull construction, especially in conjunction with the integral Carbon Kevlar gunnels, makes this an extremely robust and rigid boat. It has excellent tracking capability for a 16 footer and slices through water with the speed of a much longer boat. It's ability to turn on a dime worked very well on backcountry creeks and it has remarkable stability in the heavy waters on the open lakes, especially when loaded. Even though this boat has more than enough room for two people and a week's worth of gear, it is also a joy to paddle solo.

We are delighted with the purchase of this boat. While I know there is no such thing as the perfect canoe for all conditions, I firmly believe this boat comes close.