-- Last Updated: Jan-06-13 10:39 PM EST --
I owned a Covenant just like the one Dave has for sale on his site. I bought it from Dave in 1983 when he was allied with Phil as Canoe Specialists. Those were great days for the solo canoe. I used my Covenant for a few months to trip in the ADKs, then traded it to Dave towards my first Proem. I found my Covenant to be fast whether under trip load or not, and I remember it being surprisingly seaworthy one extremely windy, white capped day on Raquette. It did track straight and was turn resistant, but as Patrick designed this as a travelling boat, and not a playboat, I don't know how much I'd fault it for that. Some would consider it an asset.
I have to take issue with statements made about the pedestal and the trim. I've owned several of Pat's boats with this seat configuration and there's nothing fragile about the rails it rides on, or the seat itself which provides satisfactory floatation for the boat. The key weakness this arrangment has is in the cams that tighten against the rails and keeps the seat in a selected position.
The cams: 7/8" X 1 1/4" were made of epoxy resin and are quite serviceable as long as the cam knobs aren't over-tightend by hand. They tend to break when "horsed" down to tightly. I broke a few of these until I learned to just easily hand tighten. I'm presently looking into having some machined in aluminum which will add almost no weight and aleviate the problem completely. It's well worth the comfort and usability afforded by Pat's pedestal.
The laminated rails which are integrated on Pat's canoes are aesthetically beautiful and quite durable. Of eight Moore designed canoes I've owned with these rails, I've never had one problem - never any separation. They've been easy to maintain, solid and much classier looking (IMHO) than those attached with screw heads visible or the tacky looking integrated composite rails offered on some canoes.
Finally I recall Pat telling me that he's never designed a solo canoe that is fish-form at, or below the water line. They are all Swede-form. It's easy to mistake his canoes for Fish-form, though when looking at the gunwales. They are wider forward of center so that a severe amount of flare can be present in the bow - one of the main reasons the canoe was so dry that day on Raquette.