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Luxemotor 't Majeur

‘t Majeur is a luxemotor, built in 1931 by Boot in Alphen a/d Rijn (the Netherlands) and she was named Oosterschelde, as we later found out when we recovered the original drawing from the shipyard with the help of the Rotterdam Maritime Museum.

She was commissioned by an Amsterdam potato merchant.
After delivery he found the ship too high for the Amsterdam bridges so she was returned and the merchant carried on with his old tjalk.

The ship had been on Boot's quayside for a year when she was bought by a Maasbracht (Limburg province) company that used her for a good thirty years, carrying sand and gravel to Belgium. She was on the Belgium Register from ’36 to ’50.
At a certain moment – history gets a bit misty here – she ended her commercial career and was converted to cruising with guests by a shop owner from Hoogeveen.
In 1992, then named WUTA (Bide your Time) and used as a houseboat, a pensioned skipper found her in Medemblik. He bought her to use as a pleasure boat, renamed her VITA and some two years later he sold her to the man we bought her from, who lived on her in Leeuwarden.

In 2005 the salon was destroyed by fire, caused by a short circuit. In 2007 we bought her and converted her thoroughly (seeConversion).
We renamed her with lots of pomp and champagne to ‘t Majeur, meaning “flat water” in Bargoens ('slang' Dutch).

For pictures on the outside lookhere, for pictures and information on the inside look atInterior

The aft deck can be shielded from sun and rain by three "curtains" that can , separately, be hung from the frame.
On the aft deck is the gas locker for two large tanks, the aft spud pole, the electrical operator for the tent and the second steering position.
On the roof of the wheelhouse are mounted four solar panels and a searchlight, operated from the wheelhouse.
On the high deck is the skylight and a fixed satellite dish.
On the foredeck is the front spud pole, it doubles as base for the crane. Here the anchor winch is situated, the vent for the batteries (placed in the focsle) and flush in the deck is a big hatch that provides access the focsle.
All decks and side decks are treated with anti-slip paint.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One reason for converting was to bring her down to an acceptable heigth (3.20 m) in order to navigate most bridges and tunnels in France.

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