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I own neither of canoes you are considering, but do know that they are considered to be fine reputable makers. However, I do own a Nova Craft 17 Prospector. I am the third owner and first owner was a canoe rental outfit here in PA.
The canoe is a 2005 and it did not lead a sheltered life. It was rode hard and put away leaning against a tree for much of it's life.
The canoe is scuffed and scarred on the bottom from being beaten against rocks, but the seats and gunnels are in fine shape and the canoe floats high and true. I'm confident the canoe will last me until I decide I want something else.
When I do look for a new canoe it will be short list of contenders and Nova Craft will be at the top based on the robust construction shown by my well used model.
Nova Craft offers a 16' Prospector in several different materials that might be worth a look for you.
Tim Murphy AKA Goobs
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