I very happily transitioned from a Redline to a Sub-8. When I get back in the Redline, I feel like I'm in some sort of tank hell bent on surfing me into the pit of every hole. You'll find that the edges of a smaller boat are easier to control; if the edge starts to load due to a bad lean, a quick hip adjustment will put those ends right out of the water. In hindsight, the Redline is probably a great boat to learn in, but a terrible chunk of plastic to sit in after a few days on the river. The Sub-8 set me back about $250. Mountain Miser is doing a boat swap soon, (this weekend?) and that might be a great opportunity to find something new, to you.