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COMING SPRING 2023
The Clipper Prospector 17' has become the first choice of many experienced paddlers.
It is ideally suited for rough water, large loads and its forgiving makes it suitable for novice paddlers.
The 17' Prospector is in its element when on a wilderness trip - loaded to the gunnels and beyond.
When loaded it maintains its speed and becomes even more confident on the water.
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.