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Luxemotor 't Majeur

‘t Majeur is a luxemotor, built in 1931 by Boot in Alphen a/d Rijn (in the Netherlands) possibly named WUTA (Bide your Time).
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 tjalk.

The ship had been on Boot's quayside for a year when it was bought by a Maasbracht (Limburg) company that used her for a good thirty years, carrying sand and gravel to Belgium.
At a certain moment – history gets a bit misty here – she ended her commercial career and was converted for sailing with guests by a shop owner from Hoogeveen.
In 1992, then named VITA and used as a houseboat, a pensioned skipper found her in Medemblik. He bought her to use as a pleasure boat 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 – after conversion – we bought her and had her converted as well (seeConversion andInterior/exterior).
We renamed her with lots of pomp and champagne to ‘t Majeur, meaning “flat water” in Bargoens ('slang' Dutch).

One reason for converting was to bring her down to an acceptable heigth (3.10 m) in order to navigate most bridges and tunnels in France.

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