Though I don't have much to compare it to, I find paddling it an absolute joy. Quiet, lots of rocker (including the dynamic of multiple chines), fast, light, sexy, and sweet :)
I also love the Aleut paddle I made -- for nice, peaceful turns I grab the blade of one end and do a long, sweeping stroke. I can't imagine using a modern paddle with such a beautiful boat.
I just acquired a new drysuit so I'm ready to have an excellent, paddling winter.