Our new Prospecteur 15 is the little sibling to our Prospecteur 16 and Prospecteur 17 canoes. With a traditional Chestnut Prospecteur inspired design it is a stable yet sporty canoe that handles rough conditions and a good sized load. Ideal as a wilderness whitewater tripper for youth, for couples l
How did I miss this thread for so long? I just measured my P15, and got 21.5 inches for the stem height.
It is a very dry boat in Class II rapids with 2 foot waves, and still maneuvers easily. It appears capable of taking a good sized payload. I would not hesitate to take this canoe on an extended Class II-III trip. I chose it over the Pocket Canyon because it is a more general purpose touring canoe versus a whitewater play boat. At 15 ft LOA and 36" beam, it will not break any speed records. The P15 can serve as either a small tandem for short trips, or as a high volume solo boat.
The biggest negative is that the canoe tends to get blown around by crosswinds when I paddle solo on flat water. Most likely this would not be a problem with a load, and I am still experimenting with seating position and trim.
Thank you for measuring. My first canoe was a Wenonah Prospector 16 with 25 inch bow and stern height. I soloed it for years with no more issues in the wind than my B16 with 21 inch Bow. I would prefer it had 24 inch bow and stern heights like the Wenonah Prospector 15, but I like that they kept the width the same at 35 inches where as I don't like the wider 37 inch Wenonah prospector. I ended up finding an OT Camper 15 which kept the 36 inch width with 22 inch bow. I know it has a flat bottom, but I love it. I can pole it, solo it, and it works great for me in light rapids.