The Courier doesn't have a huge amount of rocker, yet maneuvers with ease. It's the magic of Jim Henry's shallow vee: does everything well. I thought of knocking the Courier for not being a faster canoe, but then, if it were, it would lose some of what makes it such a joy to paddle. Please Mad River, make this boat again, perhaps in S-glass and Kevlar!
These boats underwent about the toughest treatment you can imagine in those often shallow rocky rivers. My friend got a little left of Launching Pad, in Sockem Dog (last and probably the toughest rapid). He hit Hankerchief rock (because it has broken the nose of so many boats) so hard that both thwarts broke and he and the saddle he had between those thwarts flew over Hamkerchief rock. Watching him float past the eddy below still sitting in his saddle, with his boat tagging along behind will always be at the top of my paddling list of memories.
I lent mine to two women who entered it in a race on the Chattahochee River starting at the headwaters, crossing the lakes and ending up in Atlanta, 60 or so miles I believe. They did great, one of them ended up buying it when I switched to Kayaks. Its my understanding that both boats are still making trips with their second set of owners.
I don't guess I could bring myself to say much negative about a boat that proved itself so many times in so many ways.