I'm thinking about sailing a part of the Danube, alone, on a self-built raft. I have no experience sailing rivers on any serious basis.
I'm considering a raft for a number of reasons:
- It's cheap.
- It provides more space than a boat.
- I can easily take a bicycle.
- It's more easily replaceable in case of theft than a boat (plus, who would want to steal a raft?).
- There are no worries about selling it or transporting it after the journey has completed.
However, the portion of the river that I want to sail is used by commercial freight traffic. My worry is that using a vehicle with little steering and no engine can lead to life-threatening situations with river freight ships, like this one, and cruise ships. I imagine getting caught in their suction can be very dangerous.
Has anybody here attempted something similar, or have some river experience?
Are there traffic lanes on European rivers, so it might be possible to do this if you stay close to the bank?
Who would I talk to to find out whether this is a completely idiotic plan, or somehow feasible without risking your life too much?
Naturally, I would sail during daytime only. I can swim of course, and I'm prepared to wear a life vest at all times if so recommended.