What equipment do you use to produce your vlogs?
We use a selection of video and audio recording equipment along with various accessories. It's all freely available, non-professional, and you can buy it from Amazon and DJI.
Neewer Macro/Mini Tripod
Drone Landing Pad
What video editing software do you use?
When we first started vlogging with YouTube back in May 2018 we used iMovie to create our vlogs. We now use Final Cut Pro X because it offers a wider selection of features and gives us more choice on the production. It also means we can use 4K video footage.
Do you have a background in media?
Colin began his media career at the early age of thirteen, volunteering at his local hospital radio station. His talents were soon noticed and he was offered a job in commercial radio aged just fifteen years old working as a producer and presenter.
How can I support the Foxes?
With no support from the NHS, and no local funding for adults with Autism, we had to find a way to improve Colin's debilitating mental health. Autism and ADHD cause him increasingly severe meltdowns, chronic anxiety, and depression. Numerous attempts at medication failed to have any positive effects, and private therpy was simply out of our budget.
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Where do you get the music for your vlogs?
Some of our earlier vlogs used copyright-free music from YouTube's Audio Library.
Who built your narrowboat?
Our narrowboat shell was fabricated by Aintree Boats in Liverpool. The fit-out was desgined and completed by the Bickerstaffe Boat Company in West Lancashire. You can see the whole process in our series of vlogs on Youtube. Click Here to watch from the beginning.
Where did you get the thermal cooker from?
We got the thermal cooker from Mr D's Cookware.
The one we have on Silver Fox is the 3 litre.
Click here to see it on their website.
What happened to your kayak?
When we were at Westport Lake near the Harecastle Tunnel there was a bit of a faff. Someone, and I'm not naming names, broke our video camera and we were left without means of filming our vlogs.
What do the tattoos on Colin's arms say?
The tattoo on my left arm is a mantra my therapist gave me. It says;
Which composting toilet did you install?
We bought the Compoost 12V Self-Stirring Toilet. Click Here to see it on their website.
How can I watch all your vlogs in order from the beginning?
Easy! We have a playlist with all our episodes in order from the beginning. Click here to watch the whole story from day one.
Does Colin really live without clothes?
Yes. I've been a naturist since I can remember. There's something about being clothes-free that makes my anxieties disappear and calms me. I'm also very interested in life-art and naked photography.
Can I use your YouTube content in my video or website?
Unfortunately, no. All of our material on YouTube, and on our website, is protected under copyright. If any of our videos, whether just a few seconds or the whole video, are published anywhere without our prior written consent, action will be taken in order to remove it.
What's the thing you use to protect your mattress from damp?
We use a product called Dry-Mat. It keeps your bed, divan, bunk bed clean, dry, and prevents moisture and condensation under your mattress, stopping bacteria and mildew from forming. We bough ours from Amazon. Click Here to view it on the UK site.
How do I contact Shaun and Colin?
Due to the huge amount of messages we receive every day, we are unable to offer advice on general boating questions, our boat build, how much our boat cost, recommendations for hire boat companies, boat builders, and routes to travel, as these are all covered in our vlog series on YouTube.
How can I send you something?
Being continuous cruisers, we don't have a permanant address, and it would be unfair to ask friends and family to take in post for us, therefore we don't have any way we can receive gifts. It's so nice that you want to send us anything but we simply don't have an address to use.
Why is your narrowboat called Silver Fox?
Simple. The boat is silver and our surname is Fox
How much does it cost to live on a narrowboat?
That's a difficult question to answer because there are so many types and sizes of boat, places to moor, and the lifestyle you're used to living. We created an episode on how much it costs us to live aboard our 57ft boat. Click here to watch it.
Where does your grey water from your sinks and shower go?
It's is discharged into the canal or river. We only use products that won't cause serious harm to the environment and 99.9% of boats do the same. Some people think this is wrong and causes harm to wildlife, but the huge amount of fish, birds, and animals that live in our waterways proves that it isn't a problem.
Do you need a licence to drive a canal narrowboat?
Technically, no, but it's a good idea to get some basic training. The RYA run a helmsman course, usually over two days, that wil give you some fantastic experience and skills in driving a narrowboat. If you are hiring a narrowboat for the first time, the hirer will normally give you some basic instruction (enough to get you on your way). There's a really good book called the RYA Inland Waterways Handbook that contains a LOT of useful information. Click here to take a look.
Can you cruise your boat at night?
There's no law stopping you but it's not a good idea, except perhaps in an emergency. Cruising at night in the dark ca be dangerous. Even if you are lit up like Blackpool it can still cause a danger to other moored boats, bridges, locks and swing bridges. If you are hiring a boat, you probably won't be allowed to cruise at night.
How deep are the canals?
Not very deep! Most are only about four or five feet deep. Some of the more commercial waterways, such as the Aire and Calder Navigation, and Bridgewater Canal, which saw big barges with hundreds of tonnes of coal are deeper at around 10-20 feet deep. Most of the canals are quite shallow and slope up at the edges.
How do you earn a living?
We live on a very modest income. Shaun has a forces pension and we also earn a tiny amount from YouTube advert revenue. We're talking less than a fraction of a penny if you watch the adverts (so please don't skip them!).
Can you fish in the canal?
Yes, although you'll need a licence, and that depends on who has the rights for any specific stretch of waterway. Some are private fishing clubs, some are more open.
How do you get your post, see a doctor, or a dentist?
We made a vlog answering these questions.
Does it get cold on the boat?
That's a very common question. So common that we made an episode all about how cold it does/or doesn't get on a narrowboat. Click here to watch it.
Can you advise on route planning?
We receive a lot of questions asking how long it takes to get from one place to another. We can't answer these because we normally film during our journeys, and that makes each one a lot longer than would normally be the case.
I'm thinking about living on a narrowboat. Can I ask your advice?
We are always happy to help where we can but we literally receive many hundreds of emails every week asking for advice, and there's genuinely not enough hours in the day to answer them all.
Can you recommend a hire boat company?
We've only ever used two hire boat companies and they were many years ago, so we're not really in a position to help you with this one.
Why do you pass boats on the right when you drive cars on the left?
A few hundred years ago inland craft also got involved with seagoing ships in dock areas, so they had to adhere to the rules of the sea so that everyone knew what the other was supposed to be going to do, and the rules require ships to pass on the right of the other oncoming ship.
Can I get a shoutout or personal video message?
Because of the HUGE number of requests we get to do shoutouts in our vlogs it's impossible to include them all, so we do live chats every few weeks on YouTube where we do LOADS of shoutouts.
How do I access the members Discord chat?
YouTube Members and Patreons at Foxy Friend level or higher can access our members-only Discord chat.