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

47. Launch Day For Silver Fox – 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.
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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!


  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. What a great video. Absolutely beautiful narrowboat, and when the canal 'slapped' Silver Foxes bottom what a moment. Enjoy and have many happy memories cruising the canals and back waters of the country. Well done to all concerned in the making of the Silver Fox.

  3. I was amused by how experienced the trucker and crane crew were. They acted like they did it 2-3 times a day. And your 15 tons of steel didn't sink to the bottom straight away, which I hear is a good thing for a boat. 🙂 Have fun out there.

  4. I AM A NEW SUB FROM NORTH CAROLINA U.S.A ..I had never seen a narrow boat til recently there was one for sale on my boat site that I look at. I was intrigued by it and then your video showed up in my feed so I clicked..it was so neat to watch. the narrow boat is kind of like our houseboat here as far as a concept(not looks) from what I figured out so far (I think lol) anyways, I absolutely love watching you guys. you are so likable and relatable. thank you for sharing your lives with us.

  5. I'm in New Zealand and I could smell the newness of you boat at launch day, made me feel a little envious as I will have to wait 6 months before I get back to the UK and buy my boat. Blessing guys…… John NZ

  6. Great video's gentlemen. My sister and brother in law do narrow boat tours and after watching a number of your video's I feel like I've done them as well. Cheers from Vancouver Island.

  7. Just a thought you used masking tape to secure items. Masking tape often leaves a residue that needs to be cleaned. Try looking into painters tape such as frog and similar ones that do not leave a residue.

  8. Very hard on the nerves watching her get lifted into the water without a spreader bar on the crane. Good to see a bute boat like that in the water. We don't have anything like that here in NZ

  9. I'm almost certain that i saw your lovely barge moored up in Sheffield four or five weeks ago. My son & I walked along the canal from the wharf to where we'd parked. She really stands out.

  10. Never thought I'd be watching a narrowboat blog but you've got a Subscriber, wonderful videos and wonderful new life for you both, I'm really pleased for you (and secretly jealous hahahaha)

  11. Bet there’s some big carp that lives under your boat 👍🏻👍🏻😁😁keep them blogs coming lads 👍🏻👍🏻

  12. Well I’ve got a small cabin cruiser I stay on moored at Pewsey near Stonehenge at the moment as weather is horrendous but that was nice to watch and such a shiny new boat all set for its life’s adventures. If you get to the Thames it’s brilliant as all the lochs are electric, just push a button. Great video.

  13. May I say you have one of the best looking boats I've seen in a while, simple & stylish…add 1 to your subs
    criber list

  14. Great video Guys, loved the camera on Silver Fox when on the back of the truck etc…!! Great idea whoever thought to do that! Look forward to see more VLOGS

  15. Your Narrowboat looks very stylish with all sorts of goodies including a bow thruster I notice. Must say I'm astounded that the hull is strong enough to tolerate being raised by such small surface areas without denting/crushed where the lifting forks are placed.

  16. I don't know about you two, but I'm getting all teary even as she's leaving Bickerstaffe! … maiden voyage! YAAAAAY! 🙂

  17. Greetings from Tamworth in Australia fellas. I love watching your videos. They make me smile. Thanks for sharing. Liked and subscribed. James.

  18. Love from Vermont, America. You are keeping my sanity , as I am too old to travel, and England is my favorite place. My mothers kin are from there, transplanted to New England, long ago. I love your courage and new boat home.

  19. Oh my! I am playing catch up with your boat building journey…..and watching the launch video had me holding my breath! I never cease to be amazed by the quality of craftsmanship and expertise there is in this Country……wow! Just breathtaking!

  20. Wow…brilliant! Congratulations guys Silverfox looks amazing in the water now, where she belongs. I only discovered your vlogs last week and have been busy trying to play catch up…..still loads to watch. Really enjoyed everyone of them. Had to watch the launch today and with the drone footage and music certainly brought a tear to my eyes….You both must have felt very emotional ….not surprising to see 3 days fly by before you ready to vlog again……Many Best Wishes to all four of you,happy and safe cruising…..looking forward to watching your adventures. Thank you for sharing. Jez

  21. Let me get this right, take possession of a boat (yay!), drop said boat in the water (yikes!), move a house full of stuff into said boat (ugh), RUN A MARATHON (you go ahead, I'll ketchup). That would make me go 'round the bend. I gotta go, got something in my eye, cheers. Bravo, well done.

  22. Hey guys, I’m feeling silly, but they actually had to cry at the point of the launch because I was so happy for you😅

  23. Well I am shocked I follow Jono. Being from Canada I didn’t know he was the King. If he is the king then you two are definitely the princes in line for the throne. So much fun watching you two and I love the variety of your productions. The electric vlog should get an award. The chalkboard was amazing. Wishing you both all the best in the future

  24. As a fairly new subscribe to Foxes Afloat I'm still catching up with your really interesting history. Love the time lapse shots from the top of the boat en route to the lanch site – probably the fastest SF will ever travel in its lifetime !!
    Now to search out some more vlogs to watch – happy cruising guys !!

  25. 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?

  26. 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!! 😉

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. 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) 💞😊

  38. 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).

  39. 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.

  40. Im hooked already only come across somehow your videos today you guys are natural and lovely and you bounce (if that how you say it) off each other in a great personality way

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

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