Nova Craft Bob Special - Fibreglass

Color: Ox Blood
Sale price£1,999.00

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One of our best-selling canoes, the Bob Special from Novacraft is available in fibreglass construction.

The Nova Craft Bob Special is popular for solo paddling due to its wide beam, solid stability and minimal rocker. This shape gives it great control and straight-line performance, even when laden with one or two paddlers. Preferring slow moving rivers, sheltered estuaries or inland paddling – the Bob Special is very capable and can even be quick when paddled tandem. The Bobs surprising capacity gives space for overnight trips or short expeditions when solo. The long waterline, low sides and minimal rocker all result in a superb touring canoe, with good straight-line tracking and performance, able to cover a good distance with relatively low effort while maintaining a good speed.

Nova Craft offer a fibreglass construction which is known for its durability but is still lighter than SP3 (Plastic) equivalents. Using a woven fibreglass cloth and resin, making a lightweight but surprisingly durable canoe. Heavier than its Tuffstuff siblings, but more budget friendly overall, check out Novacraft's material breakdown here.

Fibreglass is perfect for deep water trips and gentle river paddling, for those looking for a lightweight but more affordable option than other lightweight canoes on the market.

Finished with built-in buoyancy tanks at both bow and stern, the Bob Special should stay afloat in the event of an unplanned exit from the boat. As with all Nova Craft canoes, it is outfitted with varnished wood throughout including two bootlace seats, an expertly designed yoke shaped for comfort when carrying the canoe on your shoulders, and comfortable carry handles at either end.

All round, the Bob Special is a fantastic touring canoe, stable enough to be reassuring for novice paddlers to get out on the water, yet experts can savour pushing the limits in it. Regardless of skill and experience, the Bob represents a brilliant boat for touring around the UK.


  • Fibreglass Composite construction.
  • Aircraft grade Black anodized aluminium gunwales and aluminium reinforced ABS end deck plates.
  • Ash framed seats with nylon “bootlace” lacing.
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke, shaped to spread the weight evenly across your shoulders.
  • Shallow arch shaped hull gives great stability, whilst the slight rocker allows good manoeuvrability.
  • Raised ends and symmetrical design, allowing for solo or tandem paddling.


  • Length: 15′ / 457cm
  • Width: 35″ / 88.9cm
  • Centre Depth: 14” / 35.6cm
  • End Depth: 21″ / 53.3cm
  • Capacity: 800lb / 363kg
  • Fibreglass: 58lb / 26.3kg

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