All powered boats on Windermere, whether in use, moored, for private use or business must have a current Windermere Registration. This includes any boat with an outboard or electric motor or any other mechanical means of propulsion.
All powered vessels must be registered and display numbers and annual marks as prescribed to be compliant with the Windermere Registration byelaws. Failure to do so is a breach of the byelaws and results in the master of the vessel being liable to prosecution.
All registrations are valid from 1 January to 31 December.
You will be asked to upload three proofs of identity. These must include the name, portrait photograph and current postal address of the person registering as the owner. Driving licences, utility bills, bank statements, council tax bills or similar are acceptable. This is in accordance with Windermere Byelaw 5.2.
New registrations can no longer be undertaken at Ferry Nab or at the National Park office in Kendal.
Please allow ten days for your boat numbers and annual marks to be sent to you, your registration is only complete once the mark and numbers are on your boat.
You will be asked to upload a portrait photograph of the person registering as the owner and enter your customer number which will be on the email or letter we send you asking for renewal. This is in accordance with Windermere Byelaw 5.2.
Registration numbers and annual marks must be displayed in accordance with the Windermere Lake Byelaws. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action.
Please read our guide to design and display of numbers and annual marks.
The exemption for vessels registered on the Small Ships Register ended in April 2011. All powered vessels must now be registered with the Windermere Registration Scheme.
Registered owners have a legal obligation, under the Windermere Lake Byelaws 2008 to notify us in writing within 14 days of the sale or disposal of the vessel.
Please send us the date of transfer and the name and address of the new owner (plus phone numbers and an email address if you have them).
It's important to stay safe when heading out onto the water. Take a look at our short water safety videos for tips on installing carbon monoxide detectors and how to use a kill cord and life jacket.
Map of Windermere lake which shows you jetties, where to park, where to catch ferries and hire boats, footpaths and cycle routes to explore and lake shore towns with facilities like toilets and cafes.