Welcome on board - Bienvenue a bord - Welkom aan boord

Paris, on the Seine
the captain and his mate
shipscook and shipsmate
light at the end of the tunnel
Antwerp harbour


Welcome at 't Majeur to visit the website, to browse or to look for a Barging Holiday or the Boat&Breakfast

On this site you will find not only the information about our barge, about us and the life we live, sailing the canals and rivers, but also information on the opportunities to join us while barging or to use the Boat&Breakfast in our pleasantguestsuite.

On our 26 meter luxemotor (former cargo ship) 't Majeur we offer barging holidays in a separate guest accomodation for two guests at one time at the most.
We sail through Holland, Belgium and France. We plan to visit, in the years to come, not only more parts of these countries but also to go to Germany, Austria or Bulgaria.

Barging aside, you can go walking or cycling and most of all relax in cozy and comfortable surroundings, see under Boat holiday or B&B.

During the winter months, when we don't sail, you can use the Boat&Breakfast facilities we then offer, see under
Boat holiday or B&B
andWinter 2017/2018.

Trough theblog and the linkwhere are we now you can follow our journey and see if and how we deter from the planned itinerary.

The skippers

We are Rebecca Mater and Michel de Lange, we live on 't Majeur along withPanache our dog (an Italian water dog).
We have always had the intention to live on a ship and sail it. At first we thought of a sailing ship but it turned out to be on a luxemotor.
For a try-out we boarded the Niets Bestendig, a tjalk that traveled the canals of France. After that we had a holiday on a rented boat in France and we were part owner of the Donjeux for a couple of years (a 17m ship that had Auxerre as home base and we could use for a few weeks each year, like the other 9 co-owners).

Once our children left house and we reorganised our work, we metaphorically altered course: sold the house and bought a barge, so we literally could take the helm in hand.

Late 2006, as we seriously started to search for a ship we realized that we needed help from someone on our side, who would assist us in search and negotiations and with the technical knowledge we lacked.
Luck was with us and we were introduced to Willem de Vries. He has been our mainstay in the process of searching, choosing and buying and ultimately in theconversion.
We have seen many ships over the years and finally, summer 2007, found the ship we could both imagine to spend many years on (and one that got Willem's blessing to buy!).

And thus started our adventure on 't Majeur.

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