47. Launch Day For Silver Fox – Launching Our New Canal Narrowboat!

47. Launch Day For Silver Fox – Launching Our New Canal Narrowboat!


Morning! Morning! It’s just gone eight o’clock.
It’s Friday the 3rd of May and… It’s launch day!
(Excited laughing) He’s excited. Not really. He’s so excited.
No I’m not. You are! Yeah, I am. (Laughing) I’m just a bit like that (Shaking). We know today is just gonna fly by.
Silver Fox is here in the shed. She’s just about to be moved outside
ready for the lorry which is going to take her to St Mary’s Marina in
Rufford, as in the Rufford Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal -Yeah.
And that’s where she’s gonna be craned into the water. Here we go. Let’s go! Before we move the boat we’ve secured everything and anything that might move
during the journey, so all the belongings boxes, kitchenware,
everything is either stowed on the floor or taped down to stop any damage. So with everything secure we filled her up
with diesel and she’s ready to go! Tucked away in a lovely part of rural
Lancashire is St Mary’s Marina. It’s just by lock 7 on the Rufford branch of
the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s quiet and
peaceful and it’s just perfectly located for where we wanted to launch the boat.
And as soon as we arrived people started coming out to say hello and see Narrowboat Silver Fox. Everybody was so friendly, it’s amazing! Three days later and here we are. We have moored in Melling. It’s just outside Maghull We’re on our way into Liverpool and we’ve got the Salthouse Dock booked for later this week. Haven’t we?
We have. So, I say three days later, we haven’t really
filmed much in the last three days. It has been a bit of a blur.
(Laughing) A bit? It’s been a bit mad and I haven’t
coped with it that well, have I? No, not really.
But here we are and I’m smiling and I’ve got my Peaky Blinders hat on, which Shaun
likes more than I do. Yeah, I think it looks cool. Dillon’s out there. I don’t actually remember much about launch day. No, I don’t. It seemed to go pretty
quick, didn’t it? It was mental! Rushing about everywhere. It was absolutely mental!
Everything went to plan, everything was good. It’s a good job we did the footage really,
otherwise you’d probably wouldn’t have remembered it all.
No. probably not. But it was busy to get all that footage. It kept me busy all day which was… It kept
the stress away didn’t it? Yeah, I think I needed that, yeah. After that I had a little
bit of a downer, yeah. I did the London Marathon last Sunday,
and we moved out of the house on the Tuesday, then we launched the boat on Friday. So within
like five or six days all these kind of big life-changing events… and I’ve been
having a lot of problems with my feet with my feet and leg after the marathon
which is still going on now. So it was just like all these things together combined,
and then we had to try and tidy everything up on the boat, and it’s still
not there is it? It never will be! This time next year we’ll be finding things.
And I think it got on top of me a little bit. But things are settling down
aren’t they? Oh yeah. Little bits of snagging which you would expect on any new boat.
Nothing serious, all just insignificant things which are getting sorted
straightaway. The lads at Bickerstaffe are… (Laughing) It’s like…
“Kev. Just a quick question. Nothing to worry about…” The boys are on their way! Yeah.
And they’re like here within two minutes! It’s like “You could have waited a few days!”
It’s nothing important. So I mean thumbs up to the lads at Bickerstaffe. To Kev and to Rob and to Ryan, and also to Keith the electrician. The boat is brilliant!
So we’ve gone from Rufford, St Marys. We’ve made our way down the Rufford
branch on to the Leeds & Liverpool And we’re now at Melling, going down into
Liverpool. We’re staying here for… well until tomorrow or the day after. It’s gonna
rain tomorrow – It’s gonna chuck it down! It’s not looking too good now. It’s been sunny all
morning, so we’re gonna stay here while the rain goes and then we’re gonna go
straight through to Liverpool from here which is about four or five hours
cruising – Yeah – So the next time you see us it will be from Salthouse Dock in Liverpool.
It will! We hope you’ve enjoyed this vlog
Because we have! We have. We got through it, that’s the main thing.
We got through it. If you enjoyed it give it a thumbs up.
Please subscribe if you’ve not already subscribed. and hit the notifications to
find out all about our upcoming cruising videos and experiences and adventures.
And drop us a comment just down below if you’ve got a question or you just want
to give us some feedback on the vlog. Thank you for watching! Yeah. Cheers, thank you.
We can’t believe the amount of subscribers that are joining us. It’s absolutely
fantastic. Thank you for that. And… Moorhen says thank you too!
(Laughing) And we’ll see you next time.
See you later. Bye bye!

100 thoughts to “47. Launch Day For Silver Fox – Launching Our New Canal Narrowboat!”

  1. Congratulations guys! Brilliant vlog, totally not surprised about the number of subscribers you have, you at so watchable and the vlogs are really professional! Hope things continue to settle down! Welcome to life afloat!

  2. Are these boats a permanent living situation or are they more of a summer vacation home type of thing? Does the design make them impractical for open water use?

  3. I'm stuck at ome wiv a crook back darnit … so decided to watch and share this again wiv me fb buddies lol … So what happen'd wiv da bot'le of champers lads?? Is it not traditional to smash some lovely jubbly bubbly over da bow of a Narrowboat at the Grand-launch?? never too late ay!! 😉

  4. Without a doubt the best looking boat on here. Absolutely love the colour scheme and the covers and the chrome superb. Are you worried about the inevitable bumps and scrapes?

  5. Such a refreshing and happy vlog.. brilliant quality and you guys are brilliant to watch!!! thankyou for bringing these videos to us all, I dont have a boat but I have an interest in them and maybe one day I'll have one. If you're ever in the Burton on Trent area please get in touch.

  6. A month ago my eyedoctor prescribed medicine for "dry eye". That was not my problem watching this vlog. Having followed your vlogs from the beginning this was the culmination of all your efforts and hard work. Thanks to your vlogging/personality styles I felt I was there. Now, relax and enjoy.

  7. So excited for you! What a beautiful boat! Love your vlog and really brilliant use of a drone. Best wishes to you both!

  8. The launch was an impressive sight. My heart was in my mouth and the boat isn't even mine! I'm hardly likely to see a narrowboat on the road or hanging from a crane here in Corsica but when they changed our trains about 10 years ago they used the same system : from ferry to lorry to crane to railway track.

  9. Quick question chaps. what is the round white thing in front of your wifi antenna? (Apologies if you have already explained this)
    Thanks in advance

  10. I’m watching this launch video with tears in my eyes. Such a beautiful moment so brilliantly captured. You guys are amazing!

  11. I don't know if it is proper to ask questions regarding: price, cost of fuel, what engine HP etc..
    and if it is OK please answer. I live in California USA and have been looking to travel to UK and rent a narrowboat for a vacation. Its on my bucket list, I am 75 50 years married and a disabled Vietnam veteran. I have been all over North America in a converted bus (RV) and we have a 34' travel trailer. and home on 3 acres in Sierra Nevada mountains. We were thinking of perhaps a vacation exchange for 2-3 months in 2020. Looks like the Silver Fox is a beautiful vessel and we wish you many years of happiness on her! bhawkgv at G mail dot com

  12. Beautiful editing and soundtrack, Colin! Thanks to Shaun for keeping his mate grounded. Congratulations to all.

  13. After seeing the journey of Silver Fox growing from a metal hull to the beautiful narrow boat that she is now, I found the actual launch really moving.mor maybe it was the choice of music 🤔 but what ever it was…wow! She really is beautiful guys x

  14. Wow! What an amazing journey from bare hull to a beautiful narrowboat. I have to confess that I had goosebumps as the Silver Fox was lifted up and put in the water. I couldn't help but tear up a bit with joy for the two of you. Now that I've found your YouTube channel and subscribed, I can't wait to catch up on all your videos and get notified when new ones are posted. All the best and smooth sailing! Cheers!

  15. Hi guys. I know I'm late to the party but I have to say, what an awesome vlog. Visually, the music everything. It made me cry ( with joy lol) 💞😊

  16. Thanks for sharing this whole process! I'm so thrilled for the two of you (and Dillon). I found myself holding my breath as Silver Fox was lifted off the back of the truck and swung over into the marina. Amazing! Happy cruising … I'm looking forward to joining you on your adventures. You should seriously consider seeing if you could get your videos added to Prime Video (like CountryHouseGent).

  17. Still catching up. But we loved that one. And felt proud of you both for the journey you’ve been on to get there. Well done.
    And once again, great music choice and editing.
    C&L

  18. Just watched Martin Zero's video while he was on your beautiful narrowboat…beautiful dog as well! 💖Just subscribed to your channel! I can see I'll be a big fan already! Good luck and enjoy! You both seem like such wonderful people! All the best…take care!

  19. Belated congratulations (I am working my way through the videos from the first one!). I live quite close to the Rufford marina and remember when it was just fields. They made a good job of it.

  20. Not that I am the least bit OCD, but get rid of the tags from the bottom of all the mugs! Arrrrrgh! Okay. I'm back now.

  21. Me and my partner binge-watched all of your blogs up to and including the launch video, after discovering your Foxes Afloat appearance on the recent Martin Zero video. We thought it was just us who felt emotional as we watched Silver Fox finally touch down in the water, but after reading many of the other comments here, it seems we weren't alone! Congratulations to you both and we now very much look forward to watching your adventures. Keep up the vlogging!

  22. Good afternoon chaps I’ve been watching a few of your videos after Martin joined you a few weeks back . The vlogs are great , even better as I know and recognise a lot of the places . Being from Ormskirk and skelmersdale I have fished along many stretches of the Rufford and Leeds -Liverpool canals .
    I remember the days before the Marina at Rufford . Alex my son caught an 11lb pike from just behind Rufford old Hall . It’s a lovely unspoiled stretch of canal and very quiet too . I used to go fishing regularly but not been for a long time now . You tube Is a very time hungry hobby but very rewarding 😬🧱👍🏼

  23. Wow that was great watching the move and launch of your canal boat. love the front and rear canves covers, happy trails from a pom here in Tasmania. 🙂

  24. Hey Boys, just caught up on the build process, yeah, I know, late to the party!!! What an interesting and fascinating process, thanks to you and those behind the scenes for the privilege. Funny how music can change the perspective of a vid – just the launching of a boat turns into an emotional rollercoaster😢😭 Now the marathon begins – catching up on your adventures as well as the current weeklies!!! 😥👍❤

  25. What an awesome moment! Mazel tov!!!! May she take you on many wondrous journeys and fill your hearts and souls with much joy and happiness! Hugs for now 💖

  26. I’ve been catching up on your videos and found myself really involved in the building of Silver Fox, vicariously. And like other people mentioned I found the launch quite emotional. Daft I know. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.

  27. As an American in the North Georgia Mountains, I have a new appreciation of the meaning “brilliant”! Thank you both so much for sharing your joy with us! Best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season!

  28. I’m watching this Christmas Eve 2019 and it’s like you just didn’t give us the video it’s like you gave me the boat!

  29. Hi Guy’s, I enjoyed your launch video very much and being completely honest I found it emotionally moving, looking forward to following you, cheers Bob

  30. YES! We got ‘lift off’ and (gentle) ‘splash down’ all in one. Congratulations fellas 🎈🎉
    Oh, and a marathon too? Huge respect, Colin, well done.

  31. Watching this in Mexico City. Have seen several videos of yours and love your energy; look forward to watch your next vlogs once the weather allows it. Best regards from Ozzy in Mexico City.

  32. This moment its mazik.i cry from happy for you. Dreams for.. love..for new home.ok..its awesome guys..my love there.

  33. Congratulations from a new subscriber from San Francisco, California-USA… I truly enjoy your presentations and your enthusiasm. I look forward to “coming along” on your future adventures. My lovely late wife would have enjoyed the launching blog. We were both boat boaters, in fact she owned her own boat when we met….. BT from near Napa, Calif.

  34. You certainly living the dream, many congratulations on your wonderful videos. As an ex-pat, now living in Austalia it is so great to see the lovely countryside. Thank you.

  35. Wow!! What an amazing vlog. I could hardly breath when she was being lowered into the water, didn't seem enough straps for such a long boat 🤣🤣 I am so happy for you both and glad you got through it Colin. Looking forward to your many adventures and glad Dillon has joined you, he looks very happy. 😊😘

  36. really pleased for you. I know what you mean Colin, too much excitement over a period of time can affect some who are susceptible. It takes it out of me and takes a couple of days to reset. Good luck and will continue watching.

  37. A house move, a boat launch, and a marathon all in one week!? I don’t know how anyone could not melt down after all that! Loved the GoPro footage of the truck transport and the aerial footage of the crane. And the ducklings and heron (crane?), too! Great video, so exciting to watch the origin story 🙂

  38. Discovered you about a week ago. Fantastic honest vlogs well done shipmates! You brighten my day. I came off the cut a few years ago and am now a Volunteer lock keeper on the Trent and Mersey Lock No 1 nowadays. I don't know if you have a galvanic isolator fitted to the earth on the boat. If not have a look at getting one. It will prevent your prop being eaten by rogue electrons. The sacrificial anodes will only protect for about a foot either side.

  39. Just so beautiful to watch her being lowered into the water, i was clapping and cheering inside, (well I live by myself and it would look and sound odd shouting loudly 😳😂🤦‍♀️) I know you have been on her for quite a few months but this vlog made me want to cry for happiness. Hope you are enjoying Silver Fox, she is beautiful inside and out. 😊

  40. So stunning!! You have brought me to tears, I'm sooooo happy for you. Congratulations and absolutely the best wishes for your new life. Thank you again.

  41. Well done, well done indeed. You two are funny and very informative regarding narrowboats. Your descriptions of how you floating home was put together, and why you picked what products to use on your boat will.
    be so helping to anyone thinking about getting a narrowboat. I look forward to watching all your adventures and funny mishaps. (Hahahaha)

  42. Funny….you would think with all of that white I would be thinking that's a great canvas now get me my brushes, but I don't. Classy job guys…..

  43. Oh, you guys! I've been (belatedly) following your journey over the last few months, and I don't mind admitting I shed a little tear when Silver Fox finally floated for the first time! Such a special moment, and a memory I know you'll treasure forever.

  44. In a word, "Wow"! I cannot even begin to imagine the emotions you both were experiencing during this entire event. BTW, hats off to the driver of the truck. His back-up to the crane was perfect, and he slid past that purple protector within inches of it. Impressive bit of handling! I always love seeing mastery at work. Congrats on a wonderful life changing event. I may have missed this in the video. Who built your boat? Was it Aintree boats or Bickerstaff or a combined effort? And, what was the approximate time from start of build to launch? Safe Travels!

  45. Can't get over how emotional I felt watching her be craned in…you guys must've been in bits. Have thoroughly enjoyed watching the build and fit out. Looking forward to catching up on all your journeys from here on in.

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