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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. If you click one of the links below to purchase, we will receive a small commission but it won't cost you a penny extra. Video Recording Sony FDR-AX700 Video Camera DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone DJI Osmo Pocket Insta 360 One X2 GoPro Hero 7 Sound Recording Rode VideoMic Pro+ Rode Wireless Go Rode Procaster Microphone Rode Deadcat Windshield Accessories DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal Geekoto 79 Inch Tripod/Monopod
Neewer Macro/Mini Tripod Neewer 47.2 Inch Camera Track
Drone Landing Pad Jaws Clamp Mount for GoPro 7 Hero SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC Memory Card SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB Memory Card




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. We also use additional software and apps such as Doodly and Keynote to generate creative titles and animations.




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. Prior to moving aboard narrowboat Silver Fox, he presented radio shows on Radio Aire, Dearne FM, Ridings FM, Rother FM and most recently, hosted the DriveTime afternoon show on Trax FM. Radio has always been his greatest love. Colin is also an established writer with experience writing for newspapers and articles for Waterways World magazine. Due to the severity of his anxiety and depression, made worse by his autism and ADHD employment is really tough for him to cope with which is why life afloat is benefitting his mental health. Colin on Trax FM




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. Our decision to move onto a boat meant that we lost our careers, but it was an opportunity for Colin to rebuild his life, re-establish his confidence, bring back the smile that suits him so well. His creativity is now bursting out through the vlogs he spends so many hours producing, and his love of life is returning. You can help to support us in a number of ways. Become a Patreon
Join our exclusive club of Patreons and receive exclusive photos, videos, articles and much more. Click Here to become a Patreon Become a member of our YouTube Channel
Similar to Patreon, you'll receive exclusive photos, videos, articles and much more. Click Here to become a YouTube channel member Make a Paypal donation You can also make a one-off donation by Paypal, using a credit or debit card, or bank transfer. Perhaps treat us to a coffee, or maybe a little more. Click Here to make a one-off donation Buy something from our Foxes Afloat store We've got a selection of Foxes Afloat branded clothing and homeware which we earn a small commission from sales. Click Here to visit the store Save our Amazon affiliate link If you buy from Amazon, save our custom link to your computer and use it whenever you shop. You don't pay a penny extra but we earn a small commission whenever you buy something. https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/foxesafloat




Where do you get the music for your vlogs?


Some of our earlier vlogs used copyright-free music from YouTube's Audio Library. Our newer vlogs mostly use music from independent artists through epidemicsound.com.




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. We live to a very tight budget and made the decision to sell the kayak to pay for a replacement video camera which we still have today.




What do the tattoos on Colin's arms say?


The tattoo on my left arm is a mantra my therapist gave me. It says; "If I fall I will get up. If I'm beaten I will return. I will never stop getting better. I will never give up. That's why I succeed". It defines my determination to fight the depression and anxiety that constantly try to defeat me, and gives me the motivation to carry on when I want to give up. The tattoo on my right arm is a lyric from the Pet Shop Boys song 'Being Boring'. "I never dreamt that I would get to be the creature that I always meant to be". I got this one because that line always stood out as a younger man when I felt so out of touch with the world around me. I hoped that one day I'd feel more comfortable in the world, in my own skin, and become who I was suposed to be.




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. If you'd like to learn more about my nude artwork and photography, and maybe learn a little more about naturism, Contact Me and I'll send you a link to my Patreon site.




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. If you have a business enquiry, please complete the Contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.




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!). Patreon and YouTube Members offers us another small income stream, which we use to support the production costs of the videos we make. Click here to visit our Patreon site. We also have our own Amazon storefront where we earn a very small commission for any sales made through our link. It doesn't cost you a pey extra. Click here to view and save the link. Finally, we sell Foxes Afloat Merchandise, which earns us a small commission on each sale. Click here to visit the store.




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. There are lots of species of fish in our waterways. Click here to find out more about the variety of fish, or click here for information on fishing questions and answers from the Caal and River Trust.




How do you get your post, see a doctor, or a dentist?


We made a vlog answering these questions. Click here to watch it.




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. A great resource is CanalPlanAC. You can plan routes and it will tell you the distance, estimated timescale, and much more information.




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. The best thing we can suggest is to watch our vlogs from the beginning. This will give our perspective on life as a continuous cruisers, along with many tips, lots of advice, and what our experiences have been. There are also many Facebook groups and forums where people are more than happy to share their opinions (although be careful as some of them can be quite toxic).




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. Search Narrowboat Hire on Google and you'll find dozens of holiday boats businesses with narrowboats for hire. Be sure to check the reviews and don't be afraid to call the companies to ask any questions you might have. The hire companies will usually recommend a route and will give you some basic training if you've never used a narrowboat before.




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. The reason boats pass to the right could be related to the times when boats were steered by a big oar hung over one side of the boat close to the stern. The rule has stuck ever since and is now standard practice on all inland waterways (with a few rare exceptions).