The Passive RFID

(Radio Frequency Identification Tag)

This is an electronic device about this size of a small elongated pill, 32mm in length that contains the pre-programmed Boat Register unique ID assigned to a particular vessel.

The unique ID can be read with a remote reader. This tag does not have a battery or a power connection: all its power requirements are derived from the radio signal emitted by the reader as it scans the tag. On reception of the signal, the tag emits a response which contains the encoded Boat Register unique ID.

The tag can be read through most materials including plastic, wood, glass and water.  The tag is a sealed unit that requires no maintenance, ensure product reliability and longevity, and is easy to install and secrete.


Other products

Boat Register offers a range of security products linked to the register:

  • mTrack active tracking device
    Self contained, self powered, waterproof tracking device that is extremely robust for a harsh environment. Ideal for RIBS, sailing dinghies and sports boats.
  • Miniture RFID tags
    a variety of tags including self adhesive for marking small items.
  • Epoxy DNA
    A clever marking fluid that contains a unique synthetic DNA, microdots and a UV dye – use it to mark valuable items and engine components.
  • Window etching
    Mark the windows on your boat to make it less attractive to steal.

How does Boat Register work?

Initial registration is FREE

Once the member has registered, they can add a new vessel, entering the details of their boat and associated equipment.

This does not all have to be done at once as some of the information, such as serial numbers, may not be available immediately. Additional information can be added at a later date.

Anti theft electronic tags

Owners may choose to purchase electronic (RFID) tags to positively identify their vessel and prevent the vessel’s identity being changed.

The RFID tags contain a unique code that identifies the boat. This code is only transmitted when a scanner is passed close to the tag. Two tags are supplied that are hidden somewhere in the boat, along with warning stickers to attach to the vessel.

Fitting the tags

Ideally, one tag should be fitted on the inside right side of the transom close to the vessel’s hull identification (HIN) number, if equipped.

Find a location with sufficient depth of hull or transom to accommodate a hole 35mm deep. Drill a 4mm hole at least 35mm in depth. Insert the tag (fixing with epoxy or superglue) and then fill the hole flush with the surface. However, it may not be possible or desirable to fit a tag to the transom, so fit the tag in a suitable location at the stern of the vessel and record the location in the Boat Register database.

The second tag should be fitted elsewhere in the vessel, either in a hole drilled as above or fixed with epoxy to a suitable surface or corner. This tag should be installed in a hidden location, and the location recorded on the Boat Register database under this vessel’s details. The second tag will help positively identify the vessel in the event that an attempt is made to change the identity of the vessel by removing or changing the HIN and the first tag is located and removed or destroyed.

Proof of ownership

Boat Register provides a record of the registered keeper of the vessel, similar to the V5 for a motor vehicle in the UK.

Note, however, in British law, the only proof of ownership is the through a complete trail of “bills of sale” from the original manufacturer’s bill of sale through to the present owner.  Boat Register allows you to upload this documentation for safe storage and easy access.

Key documents

Key documents can be stored on the system by uploading scanned images of the documents, and photographs of the vessel and key equipment can also be stored on the system.

In addition to the bills of sale, any survey documentation, yard bills, licences, certificates and other key documentation can be uploaded into the database for easy retrieval.

Once this process has been completed, the boat is registered and all the details can be accessed via our secure, online system.