The first time I used it I was a little apprehensive that I was going to have difficulty with getting the skirt on and off. After using it and practicing some wet exits I am happy to say it works perfectly. It is a high quality piece, doesn't leak in the slightest, and stays on when you need it to.
Great looking, stable and comfortable boat. I paddle this on the ocean by my home in British Columbia. Handles the rough stuff well, tracks excellently, and paddles with agility. I like the build quality of the hull. I LOVE the hatches, they may slightly leak (less than a cup in a 4 hour paddle in ocean swells), but they are so easy to use. Elie says they can be sealed with some sealing tape, but I'm not bothered by the small amount of water ingress. The seat is comfortable, the boat is light, but feels very sturdy and stiff. The hatch combing feels robust.
A few negatives - they day hatch is difficult to use while on the water, which defeats the purpose of the hatch. The rudder pedals are sliding vs the preferable gas pedal style. Initially, a lot of the fasteners were not properly tightened which I find sloppy.
All said though, a thermoformed boat for less than some rotomolded boats is a good thing. Also the customer service at Elie is very good. Another of my boats needed new foam pads and handles and they were shipped out quickly and for free, being based and made in Quebec, Canada, I am also happy to support them
On to the boat and its characteristics. It is stable with very good initial stability, has a deep "V" hull for a rec boat. I have had it out in 3-4 foot ocean chop, clear flat lakes and it handles nicely, is quite agile and easy to paddle. There is an optional rudder kit, but its pricey at $250 ish. The rear hatch is a nice size, doesn't seal particularly well, but i think that's the same for most sub 1k kayaks. It edges well enough for a 28 inch beam boat, and is as fast as a 12 foot should be. The foot pegs are solid and adjust easily, the seat is very comfortable, i have had 2-3 hours in it with no discomfort at all. It seems to handle even better with my wife in it (118lbs vs 205lbs). I have been able to roll it a few times (only once inadvertently) and the large cockpit makes it easy to get into from a swim. The lack of bulkheads will make it flood and with very little buoyancy you need to have float bags or some other means of additional buoyancy. (I have filled up the rear compartment with pool noodles and added float bags to the front and it takes on much less water.
All in all it looks well made, has a few nice things like the water bottle holder, the front "hatch" (you could put a can of pop in there, not much more) and the comfortable seat and footpeg layout. The Twin sheet thermoform construction makes it stiff and comparatively light, i have no problem hoisting it on the roof of my pickup. The removable drain plug at the back makes emptying the water out a snap. I bought a spray skirt for it, but at 51 inch length cockpit it is mostly ineffective as the water just pools in your lap and leaks through.
If you use this mostly in lakes and inland or sheltered waters then its a great little boat, if you plan on hitting the open sea I'd say find something a little more sea-worthy. Good luck!