Those how have sailed on the canals from Sweden
to the Med usually say that a draft
of 1.5 m is no problem. With a draft
of 1.8 m it’s possible but the number of ways is limited. Normally they start their channel journey in Kiel north of Lübeck. There are also companies that transport the mast
on trucks from the Baltic
to the Med.
World around sailors how goes up through the Suez Canal
to the Med talking about that they can only be six months in EU. And then it is counted from the first checked in in Greece
and until they checked out in the Canary. I think it is three months and then they can get another three months. Isn’t it the same for us Europeans when we sail in US?
Once I meet a small sailing boat with a 2 hp outboard motor without reverse gear that has gone on the channels through Europe. When he should go forward he start the engine, when he should go backwards he turns the engine 180°, and when he should stop he kills the engine. He said that the locks were difficult at the beginning but he got used to it.