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Jan-16-2016 @ 8:26 PM                           Permalink
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Thinking about cruising around europe living aboard 42' aquafibre broads cruiser (on the majors rivers from Gent-Amsterdam-Basel/Berlin) but could such a boat could handle it? I worry about getting constantly rocked by the wakes of hundreds of large commercial vessels and getting squashed when sharing locks with them :/

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I would want to see a much bigger, and more reliable engine than a 35Hp BMC (and that was 35Hp when new)!
The tides on the Rhine run fearsome quick !

George Sims

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Horses for courses springs immediately to mind. Do not expect a Broads Cruiser to be able to manage the major rivers of Europe. As Essex boy says, the flow on the Rhine is quite formidable. You might be able to travel downstream but you will struggle to make any progress upstream.

The aquafibre would be OK in France on the Canals but if you still wish to Cruise the major rivers of Europe, buy an appropriate boat out there.

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thanks for your comments guys I hadn't thought of engine size as a problem! Would the flow prevent such a low powered boat traveling in either direction at all times, or could it make short hops either side of the tides?

just read celtic name of the Rhine translated as 'raging flood'...

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Much of the German inland waterway system requires a valid  boat handling licence...for Rhine navigation a separate,higher,qualification is necessary. Here in CZ a cruising competence certificate is also required unless you are a foreign hirer.I must have the relevant cert. to use my own boat but I could rent it out to anyone to use with or without any experience...c,est la vie.
                Good luck,Brian.

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