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Fisher Prospector 15'8"
$80 England & EU
$69 USA/Elsewhere 
Right is a shortened example by Anders Eliasson
Left is an example by Derek Blanshard.

This is the Selway Fisher version of an old favourite - the Prospector type open canoe. The original Prospectors were originally designed in Canada and known as the "workhorse of the North". They had to have a good carrying capacity for all of the Prospector's gear and they had to work well through white water and wilderness. The bow and stern are relatively full and she has good freeboard amidships to keep her crew dry.

The well rockered keel line makes her highly maneuverable and the tumblehome in her topsides makes her both stable and easy to paddle. She is constructed using simple stitch and tape techniques and she has 5 planks per side giving her a well rounded and graceful appearance.

Above is an example using floats from our Ranger plans by Steve Cullis.

Right and below - a beautiful example by Janet Reynolds and Pete Fairbairn.

Below is an example by Paul Maddison.

Below is Steve Cullis' Prospector with floats (from our Ranger canoe) and fitted with a tent - to see more pictures and a video of Steve's Prospector with floats, sail and cuddy.

Right and below are examples by Mark Aplin who runs canoe building courses based on the Fisher Prospector and other courses including Coracle building, paddle making and sea kayak building.

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Below, a nice example by David Kwant in New Zealand.

Steve Morrisey's Prospector.

Another example by Nicola Paggiaro.

Fisher Prospector Particulars

LOA 15'8" 4.76m
Beam 35" 0.88m
Hull Mid Depth 14 1/2" 0.36m
Approx. Dry Weight 65lbs 30kg
Approx. Capacity 825lbs 374kg

Hull Shape

Multi-chine with 5 planks per side and tumblehome
Construction Method Stitch and tape - moulds also given for clinker ply
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4,5 or 6mm
Guidance Use General purpose - high capacity - 2 adults plus 2 children - often used with gunter mainsail and jib
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 drawings + 9 A4 instruction sheets