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Old 18-09-2012, 10:11   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I just joined to the Forum. For the next year, I want to sail in Black Sea until the Danube Delta in Rumenia. My target or dream cruise would be “Danube-Up” i.e. starting from Black Sea through Romenia-Hungary-Austria-Germany.
Therefore may I have your opinion in this respect; Can I sail up-against the stream with my 20' boat, cutter rigged and the 10 hp outboard, also with the mast hight (5,5 meter)? or you think there might be some extra modifications ?

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Old 18-09-2012, 10:48   #2
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Re: Danube-upwards

Tristan Jones did it Danube-down, I believe, in a trimaran with the mast unstepped. I think the book he wrote about is called "Outward Leg". Might be worth checking out. Also a quick peek at river charts might give an indication of currents. There must be pilot charts somewhere with that sort of info, as well as bridge clearances.
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Old 18-09-2012, 15:44   #3
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Re: Danube-upwards

I read Tristan's book and some other have written books about it. Doubt with your rig you could do it "uphill." The powerful commercial rigs may, but there are heavy currents in many parts of the system.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:18   #4
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Re: Danube-upwards

5.5 meters air draft should be doable. You may want to read this document, which gives a very good overview of the capacities and limitations of the Danube waterway, including average and max stream flow rates (table 2.6):
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