51. Taking Narrowboat Silver Fox Up The Lancaster Canal!

51. Taking Narrowboat Silver Fox Up The Lancaster Canal!

Good morning. Morning! It is… What day is it?
I’ve no idea. I forget what day it is! Is it Tuesday? It’s the Tuesday after the late May Bank
Holiday and we’re just back from Crick. We are. It was fab! It was like amazing!
It were awesome! It was brilliant! Hello and thank you to everybody that
stopped to chat to us at Crick. We had just the best time.
It was amazing! We booked for Saturday and Sunday and we
didn’t want to come home! We didn’t want to leave! We were supposed to kind of set
off at like 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, and it got to like 5 o’clock and we were still there.
We just didn’t want to come home! If we’d have had our credit card with us we would have stopped on Sunday night for Monday, wouldn’t we? We are back on Silver Fox on our mooring,
just a temporary mooring, a visitors mooring, and we are just
north of Garstang. Yeah, and we’ve not moved for a few days, since like last
Wednesday I think, is it? Yeah. So we’ve been here for nearly a week, so we’re gonna
fill up with water and then depending if it rains, the forecast says we might get
some showers at lunchtime, but as you can see it’s not looking like showers so… not at
the moment. If it doesn’t rain we’re going to carry on and we’re going to go
up towards the Glasson Branch. Yeah. We’re not going down there because the weather
this week is not very good. So we’re gonna head up to Lancaster. So really, how far we get today depends on the weather. So… Yep! We’re all set. The pram cover is down. We’ve done the engine checks and
we’re ready for off! Yep! Dillon’s ready for off. He wants to go!
He’s been wanting to go since 7 o’clock this morning. This is Galgate Marina. Is it ‘Gol’ gate or ‘Gal’ gate?
‘Gol’ gate sounds posher, doesn’t it? G O L marina. We’re a couple of
miles short of Lancaster and behind me is the Elsan point which we used a few minutes ago.
You don’t want to see that one though, do you? Shaun’s just nipped off
there’s a Spar about 500 yards down the road, so he’s just nipped off to get some
essentials and then we’re gonna be off again. It’s also the last place you
can get diesel, canal-side anyway, before you go further up past Lancaster, so we
thought we’d top up. We didn’t know how much diesel we had to be honest, and it’s like
a self-service thing, so it’s like one where you, like at the petrol station, where
you put your credit card in and you just kind of do it. So we’re all excited. Got
the debit card out and put it in and it says “get a supervisor”.
It’s like there’s nobody here. So we went up to the office and the
supervisor’s not here till 7 o’clock tonight, and it’s only 3 o’clock. We don’t
fancy hanging about, so we kinda… we did the dipstick test on the diesel tank and
we’re like three-quarters full so… We don’t need any diesel, we’re fine, we’re
alright for now, and we’ve got 20 litres or so packed away, stowed away if we need it.
As soon as Shaun comes back we’re going to get off again.
It’s quite nice here as we get further up the Lancaster I mean the sun is helping to be honest, and the next three or four days it’s
forecast to be raining, so we’re kind of enjoying cruising on this this last day
of sunshine. Three or four days of rain and then we’re off into Lancaster I have no idea where we ha ha ha ha.
I have no idea where we are. (Singing) Hey! We’re going to Barbados!
If you zoom in you’ll see Colin’s grey beard. Grey beard! Whoops, sorry! We are between Galgate and Lancaster. It’s a nice little bit this, isn’t it?
Yeah, it’s lovely, nice and peaceful. So there’s some boats going towards us so we’re
gonna talk really quickly. Just around this corner there’s a piece of land
where it’s quite straight and the towpath looks really good for mooring.
It’s quite open so we’re hoping Internet will be quite good, but we’re
not sure, but we’ll come back to you. See you later! And then it started raining, and raining,
and raining. The thing is on the day we arrived on
the Lancaster Canal we got a tweet from a viewer who was actually at the
staircase locks as you come up the navigation. And he actually tweeted us and said “Oh, you’ve brought the sunshine with you.”
It’s passed us. We had a couple of nice days and then it kind of started with showers,
and then the rain started. And then the rain started, and it’s been raining for a
week – about a week. We haven’t moved anywhere! Literally haven’t moved.
And the forecast is for rain today, hence we’re shooting this indoors.
We haven’t moved have we, at all for like three days. We’ve been so lazy.
We’ve moved one since Crick (laughing) We’ve been on the boat a month!
I know. It doesn’t seem it, does it? Seems like… just a month (laughing)
Where has that gone? It’s flown by, hasn’t it? Yeah. Absolutely flown by.
We’re settling in, at last, because I had a dodgy couple of weeks when we first started,
but it’s great because I’m now starting to forget what day it is, which is good.
I’m not thinking about time and that’s a weird thing, isn’t it? It is
for you – Because my life used to revolve around appointments and deadlines
and things like that, and now it’s just like meh! (laughing) Come midday
I’m shouting down the boat “Are you getting up?” (Laughing) I don’t wear a watch anymore.
No. So if anybody wants to buy an Apple Watch Series 4, let me know.
So yeah, it’s just time and days seem to be disappearing and going faster.
There’s still things that we forgot isn’t there, after like 14 years since we did it – 15 years. Things like if somebody’s (Duck noises outside), yes I agree! Things like if somebody’s doing something in the boat you can’t, you’ve just got to wait.
So if Shaun’s cooking in the galley or hoovering, or anything like that,
there’s nothing you can do. You’ve just got to sit and wait. Sit down and wait till I’ve
finished! Or if I’ve got the deck boards up on the stern and the engine,
he’s just gotta wait. He can’t go out with Dillon. He’s just gotta wait. That’s
right. So it’s just little adjustments like that. We thought we’d not brought a lot of clothes. If anybody wants any clothes…
(laughing) About 40 t-shirts to choose from.
I’ve got one drawer and a few coat hangers. He’s got – one drawer and a few coat hangers – One drawer, a cupboard – No! You share that cupboard! Some of your shoes are in that
cupboard. What about the top shelf? Yeah. Two of your… maybe… yeah… (laughing)
Some of your shoes are in that cupboard. If anybody wants any clothes…! We might, we could have like a boat boot sale. Yeah we could! Boat boot! Boat boot sale. Is anybody doing that?
That sounds ace! Budget wise, we’re sticking to budget because we kind of finely tuned
the budget before we came, didn’t we? Yeah. And I’m really happy that we’re kind of
sticking to that budget. We went a bit over on doughnuts and cakes but we’re blaming
Pat and Eileen for that, (laughing) and wine. They’ve gone now so we’ve stopped eating them.
So yeah, we’re kinda sticking to budget. The only thing that did blow it a little bit
is the last mooring we were at, remember the sunrise one from a couple
of minutes ago or the sunset one… That one. We had to have the car because we were going to Crick and that’s where we were moored when we were going to and from
Crick, and the farmer wanted five quid a night to park the car in a field. Five quid a night!
Apart from that we’re kind of sticking to it. No extravagances or
anything like that. Apart from doughnuts. We’re just before Lancaster.
Well we’re not. By the time you’ve watched this we won’t be. We’ll be miles away.
It’s about a twenty five minute walk that way, yeah. We don’t want you coming looking in our
windows! Like they do. Pinching our washing! They do! They do! Honestly, people are doing that.
Aren’t they? Yeah.They’re trying to look in. Because they’re dark windows they can’t see in,
so they go… yeah! (laughing) They’re coming up to the windows,
literally putting their heads to the windows like that – Go away! – It’s hilarious. And we’re kind of sat here looking at them and they can’t see a thing. We could be stood here with
everything hanging out – Usually – and they can’t see a thing.
So the original plan was we were just gonna do the Lancaster
from south to north. We we’re gonna just go all the way up and all the way back, and
we weren’t even bothered about the Glasson Arm because it had locks in it. Yeah, we didn’t want to do any locks. Locks…? What? What? But apparently the Glasson Arm is quite nice
so yeah we’re gonna go up the Glasson Arm. But… We weren’t gonna do it.
We we’re gonna do it on the way back, yeah. Where we moored at the moment we’re
gonna have to move in a day or two because we want some water – and empty the loo – and we need to empty the pot! Long story short. We’re gonna go to the
services, we’re going to turn around, we’re gonna come back down and then
we’re gonna go down the Glasson Branch. Get some fuel on the way. Did you like that?
Down the Glasson Branch. Apparently the Glasson Branch is really beautiful
so if you’ve got any tips on places to go. Not pubs. I mean thank you, and there are a lot of nice pubs but we’re not really
pub people, are we? No, we don’t do pubs. No. If you’ve liked the vlog give it a
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comments or feedback down below and we will see you next time. See you later.
See you later, bye! Don’t you just hate freeloaders! Damn tree catching a lift off our boat! What do you think we are? Uber? You’re swaying the wrong way! You’re swaying the opposite way.
Oh, God, you can’t even sway! (laughing) *Bull making noises* You always know when Dillon’s ready because
he just starts barging the camera tripod about. You’re a crazy lady! Crazy lady. *Door bangs* He can hear a gnat fart at four mile.
*Makes a gnat’s fat sound* That was a gnat’s fart!
*makes gnat’s fart noises again* So guess which one of us is the one that
gets annoyed by boats going too fast? Because some of these YouTubers complain
about it, and I’m always like yeah yeah yeah… Wind your neck in! And in reality it’s
me that’s like “SLOW DOWN!” I was gonna take Shaun up the Lancaster,
which he’s been looking forward to for a while. So the original plan was to take Silver Fox…
(laughing) Give up…
(laughing) So the orig…
(laughing) (Laughing) This is not like Radio 4! (Shaun laughing) It’s there! (Shaun laughing) Eugh! That tastes… Eugh! Candley! (laughing) Like a candle (laughing)
No, it’s not like a nice candle, that. It doesn’t taste bad.
It does! It tastes like vinegar that’s been left out. Have we babbled on enough? I think so. Are you sick of hearing from us yet? I’m going to sleep now.


  1. Great video.
    Have you thought of adding a switch for the horn inside the cabin? For those people who peer in? Or grab a old camera flash to hold up to the window…

  2. Hi 🐺's… Absolutely loving following your trip. Your take on filming is beautiful. You really have a gift of knowing how to portray the tranquility of the canal.. Thank you. So glad to have found your channel. And Instagram. 💗💗🌅🐶🐾

  3. when you visit Lancaster if you do visit castle go to tourist information and ask for a family and friends year pass cost £20 but you get visit other attractions for a year the castle cost £8 each so you do the maths

  4. A new comer to this , please where do I find 'notifications' I thought there was a 'bell' but I cannot see , so help please would be appreciated. Am loving the vidoes.

  5. What are those interesting tattoos? Do I assume you are both retired now? Guess I should go back to find the video where you introduced yourself…

  6. well lads your on your way now, thats the mane thing, also keep doing what your doing, taking your time ….if or when you get there is the main thing no rush. we so happy for you both. happy days. x

  7. Great vlog guys. Always Looking forward to the next one. Love the boat, I think it's the best I've seen.

  8. Love the Vlog again. Big smile of face here.

    Two points – was t’internet any good where you moored before the monsoon? and you hit the nail on the head as to why you’ve managed to stick to your budget right at the end of you’re Vlog …….. you’re not Pub people.

    Our budgets in tatters 😂

  9. Another great video chaps, love your humor! Really nice editing has created a video that flows beautifully. Best Regards Sarah

  10. Enjoy your videos. I have a question since you are full-time boaters. What do you do about health care? Doctors, dentists, refilling perscriptions, etc.

  11. When you said Sean went to a Spar, I was thinking a quick facial. As a Lancaster born boy I enjoyed your video!

  12. The quality of your video is so good. The photography at the beginning of this video is fantastic. The rest is great too! Since we took early retirement we never bother with watches or know the day so thankfully it does happen in a house too! The only reason we keep track of the date is because of the sell by dates on our food and today I got bacon out which was use by the 5th June, so I’m not very good at that either. Thanks as always for sharing your adventure, I’m really enjoying it.

  13. So after all the nonsense at the end… You thank Your Patreons…who appear to be a rather sociable herd of cows.. keep up the zany work.

  14. Not really watched many channels about narrow boats. But stumbled across your channel and must admit you two are brilliant. Keep up the good work. 😁😁 you guys on Instagram.

  15. Thanks so much for these vlogs. I'm planning to retire aboard a narrowboat in a couple of years time. Pretty scary as I'll be soloing as a continuous cruiser, but then watching your videos reminds me of what it's all about. I learn so much too. I kinda see you as the educational Morecambe and Wise of the waterways.

  16. That was fun! I only started following you about a month or two before Silver Fox was completed. I jumped in to comment as I was quite amused and the names and titles are spot on. Silver Fox. Perfect. Now, though, I was a bit distracted by the vinegar going off and didn’t I forget what I was going to say? It was very witty, you would have laughed. Oh well. I could stop and backspace over all this but that’s a lot of trouble. You put me off my spinach ravioli and now I need to find something to get the off vinegar taste out of my head. If you decide to lose the watch, let me know. Ear wax. Blecch. Hmmmm….salty peanut butter ice cream might do it. Keep on with the blogs er vlogs. I am starting to jump over as soon as I see you have uploaded an update. Absolutely brilliant! Thanks!

  17. Hi from California!! Beautiful Vlog I am so jealous of the beautiful British country side and life on the narrow boats, I follow other narrow boat youtubers but your channel is an absolute gems (extra points for the cute dog) today is our first day of 100F (37C) so my dogs and I are inside watched your wonderful videos. Can’t wait for the next one!

  18. Live in Lancaster.Bloody hell,its been a wet few days for you if you were still on the boat.Yesterday.(Friday ) ._..OMG .A tad inclement. Dont know how I ended up watching your vlog , drifting along in a Youtube watching current, but good stuff , enjoyed watching ,chilled muzak and engaging dialogue.Hope you have a good time up here lads.

  19. That was fantastic. So beautifully filmed and edited. The scenery is gorgeous. The best bit about your vlogs are you two. So funny and entertaining x

  20. That was great fun. Great editing…loved the sunset drone shot not to mention the cows. Can relate to the rain as it’s been a reluctant spring here. First sunny weekend here and I was on the water today. The sun does make it so much better …all the best…Chris 🇨🇦

  21. Hello lads. Been watching a few of the last flogs.good job having a nice Sunday .watching your good life .well done .cup of tea and you lot ☺

  22. Wow, living the dream ♡♡♡ hey Dillon sending and ear rub to you ♡♡♡
    And Colin eeeeeewwwww tongues dont belong in lugs 🤣🤣🤣🤢🤢🤢🤣🤣🤣

  23. We were on holiday on The Bluebell the same time & we saw you moored up but we had to carry on in the wind / rain & yes it was cold as well

  24. Thankyou for another fabulous vlog, looks so peaceful. Dylan looks like he’s just loving it!

  25. Fix a flash to a camera and take mug shots of the nosey buggers trying to look in through the windows, great for a laugh and post them on here. Another fab Vlog boys.

  26. We've had Japanese tourists pointing their cameras right onto the window taking pics of inside the boat..you both look more relaxed and tanned..I never know what time of day it is since living on the boat..just eat when we're hungry and sleep until the dog wakes me up..which is usually late cos hes a good boat dog..x

  27. Nice videography again, sums up the relaxing pace of life on the water. Colin, what music are you using around 2:20

  28. THanks for a super video, here in the south of France its cool and grey a gentle cruise with Silver Fox is just perfect

  29. Sounds like you guys are really enjoying the experience.. you are so easy to listen to keep it up 👏👍

  30. Hi guys. As I can never work out where you actually are and where you’re heading. Next time you’re both around Shevington if you love afternoon tea check out the Narrowboat tearoom at Deans lock,Gathurst lane, WN6 8JD. Just fantastic. But you have to phone ahead 07851057748. Because they’re not open every day. Sean, the cakes are amazing! 😄

  31. Can’t wait to see the video from Lancaster, friends were at uni there, used to have a flat overlooking the canal.

  32. A'up gents
    Never really watched any narrow boat channels before but thought I'd stop by and give you guys credit where it's due, you have a great channel here with the footage and editing you are doing, found myself watching a load of your videos. We have a 40ft sail boat at Whitehaven just up from Preston.
    Keep up the good work, the vids are spot on 👌🏼

  33. Great vlog, interresting as i live 5 minutes from the Lancaster canal and I've never been on it. I don't have time to watch all the previous vid's, could you please do a quick walk through of the boat so we can see the layout. Love to Dylan from an ex ESP owner.

  34. Hi chaps, the bit about the dark windows had tears rolling down my eyes, priceless. Maybe put a picture of a clown next to said window/s and connect some lights to it, camera on the outside "looking at them", flick a switch and, outakes of nosey parkers !? We went fishing the other day, what did you catch, 1 fish, a cold and 5 nosey parkers, lol. Love the music by the way. X

  35. Waah I'm up to date now, I now have to wait for the next vlog like a normal person 😂 thanks for the awesome videos 😄
    I have a question for your next Q&A – I have to have prescription medication for the rest of my life, do either of you have to take prescription meds and how do you get them filled living on the boat?

  36. Another interesting video gentlemen, I only started watching when you did the Tarleton to Preston video as you passed about 100 yes from my house, anyway caught up a little since, very enjoyable so far..Dylan is a typical little lad, constantly having to watch out..but for what…it must be good… my dog George sits in my shop window watching all day ??????Only stops to say hello to customers and then straight back…anyway looking forward to the journey 👍

  37. Wow! 9,236 subscribers! You guys passed up Minimal List, who had a 1-year head start on your channel… Good work!

  38. Love you guys. This channel is so well edited. Nice background music. Just a neat couple of blokes! Question. How come fellow boaters never say hi when they pass by each other? Just seems weird they wouldn’t say hi.

  39. As I work nights in Arizona, you’re channel keeps me awake and enjoying the thought of one day……..maybe one day…….if I EVER move back there, that’s the life I’m gonna lead!!!

  40. I just looked up Britain's canal system on Wikipedia and it's impressive, 2200 navigable miles! We certainly don't have anything like it here in the U.S. It's an amazing resource.

  41. Fantastic shots as usual. Was lovely meeting you live at Crick we were suppose to stay only 2 day's and ended up doing the whole 4. So many people were so willing to share there time and knowledge every day I learnt something new and feel I'm that much nearer to starting my own Canal boat journey. I'm in the same place you were last year "new boat, used boat, new boat, used boat". I'm a bit electric so that probably means new?

  42. Thank you both so very much… Dillan is the sweetest canal dog ever seen…. thanks again….Cheers. Love the out takes…. but also the views you shoot make my eyes say heaven.

  43. We not radio 4 !!! You guys crack me up every time. I really miss my boat and the river but your footage helps keep me sane.
    I think I have joined late, did you every share about your professional careers ? Have you both chucked it all in ?

  44. If I could be a tiny bit critical, you didn't seem to note the bridge numbers / names in this vid. Any particular reason guys ??

  45. Running out of superlatives. What can I say that others haven’t already. Perhaps “almost perfect”! 😀👍 A quick question, do you have a planned route for the whole of 2019, or are you just going to go with the flow?

  46. Hi guys,the both of you remind me of morecombe and wise ,hilariously funny,awesome banter,your videos are absolutely fantastic,brilliant filming of the idyllic countryside,breathtaking,when it comes to the historical facts of the area that you visit,you both have a good eye for
    Details,enthusiasm of the both of you is great,

  47. I've got like one draw 🤣 typical married couple 🤣🤣🤣 and there's fools out there who think gay people are different. No we're not! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    And yay! I'm all cought up!

  48. hahaha ok the views are super and really enjoy them, but your outtakes are PRICELESS, hahaha love em. and hey thought you Brits LIVED in the pubs?!? hahaha taste like candles, hahaha tooo much.

  49. Ok oddball question about Silverfox. The long shots of the vessel I can see navigation lamps on the bow of the boat and you have the front lamp, but do you have to have nav lights on the stern of the boat? If you do I just missed them. And was there requirements to have nav lights on the vessel like we have in the states. Thanks as I said odd question…thanks for sharing…Vic

  50. I live in the States and these long boat jouneys are fantastic to watch. Flying into Manchexter next week hope to experiance the adventure.

  51. When you said that there was a spa up the road and Shaun had nipped out, my first thought was he'd gone to have a massage or some reiki! Then I realised you meant Spa not spa 🙂 P.S. You're still improving my lunch hours and I'm still catching up.

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