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Setting the lines for the pilothouse
A big skylight
New portholes
Many  meters painting

 


The conversion

We had ’t MAJEUR converted in 2008 / 2009. Both the upper structure and the technical installation were refitted.
Whilst making our plans leading themes were low energy consumption, environmentally friendly, ease of handling and self supporting.
Eventually both the pilothouse and the aft deck and cabin were removed and rebuilt. Amongst others we put in a new engine, bigger generator and new batteries.
We took great care preserving the beautiful lines of our barge; it shows, for instance, in the new pilot house.

Furthermore, improvements were made throughout the ship, such as hatches for all cabins, a large overhead skylight for the salon, a new kitchen and new portholes all around. New large gasoil tanks, water tanks and a filter system for outside water will give us the opportunity to stay away from harbours for extended periods.
We also took care of situating our own sleeping quarters as far away as possible from the guest's residence. After finishing all steelwork the top of the hull and the upper structure were sandblasted and given three layers of primer and off-white paint. We applied the black and red ourselves.

The project has been carried out under guidance from Willem de Vries in Groningen and has taken over a year and a half.
This gave us the opportunity to gradually develop our plans, working alongside the craftsmen and –women and getting the feel of the ship.

Peter Voerman was asked to inspect the conversion on behalf of the SI (the official Ships Inspection Office) in order to obtain the Rhine-certificate, which we got in 2010.

From the moment the purchase and conversion started Marein Mayer is involved in our project. Our friend Marein is an amateur photographer, a good one, and had her own project: the capture in photographs of ours. This has yielded many beautiful pictures. On board we have wonderful examples (see also the link toMarein Mayer).

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