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About Nova Craft

About Nova Craft

Nova Craft Pal two tone wood trim aramid light

Bearskin Wilderness Outfitters is a Nova Craft Canoe dealer, serving Northern Minnesota to the Twin Cities area.  Nova Craft canoes have an excellent reputation for durability and performance,  and are built in keeping with the most advanced methods used in composite canoe building.  Nova Crafts are also available in heavy duty layups for expedition and whitewater use.


We carry a wide rang of models from Nova Craft, ranging from the Eagle, a fast flatwater tripper, to the Prospector 16, a mixed water tripping workhorse.  For mixed solo and tandem use, we have the Bob Special, and the Pal.   Solo river trippers will love the Supernova The Cronje is a nimble flatwater tripper with high capacity, a traditional look, and more maneuverability than the Eagle.

Nova Craft offers more models than we stock, including the whitewater tripper the Moisie, and one of the most respected play-boats of all time, the Ocoee.  If  you are interested in a model or layup we do not stock, let us know and we can order it for you.  Shipping charges from the factory will apply if we can not combine the order with other boats.


We carry boats in Aramid Light, Tuffstuff, and and TuffStuff expedition.

Aramid light is similar to the layups seen in most ultra light canoes in the BWCA.  A foam core provides stiffness at a low weight.  Infusion technology means the lowest resin to cloth ratio, so you’re not weighed down by excessive brittle resin which provides almost no strength.  We stock some of our models in a clear coat, knocking off another +/- 3lbs per boat.  These are very durable boats and very low weights.

Tuffstuff is a layup made from a mix of Basalt and Innegra fibers.  Together these create    a very strong rigid layup.  Tuffstuff is a little heavier than Aramid Light, but more durable and less expensive.  It’s a good choice for people looking for a wilderness tripping canoe that can handle hard use and light whitewater.

Tuffstuff Expedition might be the toughest canoe available anywhere.  These canoes are amazingly strong, stiff, and paddle much better than a plastic boat.  If you want to paddle whitewater or take remote challenging trips, consider a Tuffstuff Exp. boat.

Nova Craft has other layups, including the Carbon Aramid Blue Steel.   You can look at http://www.novacraft.com/ for more details.


A great time to buy a new canoe would be while visiting the Gunflint Trail.  What better way to appreciate your new boat than to paddle it on its maiden voyage in the Boundary Waters.  If this isn’t an option for you, Bearskin Outfitters can work with you to get your boat to the Twin Cities,  St.Cloud and Duluth area (and possibly farther).  Boats can be brought to the Twin Cities, at our convenience, through out the year at no charge.  If you need the boat right away, we can work with you for a faster delivery as well.

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