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The 16' Clipper Prospector is one of a series of traditional-style Prospector canoes offered by Clipper Canoes.
The Prospector 16' is molded close to the lines of the 16' wood canvas Prospector formerly built by the Chestnut Canoe Co.
It is easy to paddle this canoe solo by using the front seat while facing the stern.
Seats are high enough for kneeling or an optional footbrace can be ordered.
Standard features are wood web seats.
PLEASE NOTE: IMAGES REFER ONLY TO SHAPE OF CANOE - NOT ACTUAL CANOE LAYUP AND/OR COLOR.
Kevlar® is a space-aged aramid fiber which, under tension, Kevlar® fibers are 5 to 10 times stronger than an equal weight of steel. Kevlar® cloth is more expensive than fiberglass and is harder to cut and work with, hence the higher cost. Kevlar® canoes are lighter and equal to or stronger than fiberglass. A Kevlar® canoe will generally weigh 20% less than a canoe manufactured out of fiberglass.
Kevlar® canoes are built with a minimum of three layers of material (a minimum of two full layers of Kevlar®). A full layer of Kevlar® is applied to the gelcoat. Areas of high stress have additional reinforcing. Next, a layer of polyester cloth is applied. A final layer of Kevlar® completes the laminate. A special marine structural foam core is then placed to the hull bottom. An additional Kevlar® layer is then applied over the core. The Kevlar®-covered foam core produces a sandwich type construction that is extremely rigid and lightweight compared to other methods used to stiffen canoe hulls.