DEEP: Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

Public Act 14-57 - An Act Concerning Abandoned Vessels went into effect on January 1, 2015 (CGS Section 15-140c, as amended).   The process for claiming abandoned boats has changed and is summarized below.
 
When is a boat considered abandoned? 
In Connecticut, a boat is considered abandoned if it is:
  • Left on someone’s property for more than 24-hours without the property owner’s permission;
  • Found free floating and unattended on the waters of the state for more than 24-hours;
  • Improperly registered and left on the waters of the state for more than 24-hours;
  • Left at a mooring for more than sixty days since payment for the mooring became overdue;
  • Left at a commercial facility for more than one year since payment for storage became overdue; or,
  • Found during a declared public emergency in a public right-of-way.
Who has the right or "standing" to submit a claim for an abandoned boat?
PA-14-57 designates the following as having standing:
  • The owner of the property where the vessel was abandoned OR any person that the landowner designates to complete the abandoned boat process;
  • Any harbormaster, police department, municipality or agent of the state that agrees to process the abandoned boat;
  • Any emergency responder who is responding to a declared emergency; or,
  • Any licensed motor vehicle dealer or marine salvager who is engaged by one of these persons to tow or transport an abandoned boat.
How do I submit a claim for an abandoned boat?
Persons who are considering claiming an abandoned vessel are advised to be prepared to receive ownership of the abandoned vessel and to deal with any associated complications arising from acquiring ownership.
 
Effective January 1, 2015, to submit a claim for an abandoned boat, you must:
  1. Have standing as designated by statute and described below,
  2. Fill out a Notice of Abandoned Vessel form and have it notarized, and
  3. Submit the notarized form and any required attachments including photographs to the DEEP with a $20 fee non-refundable fee.
If the abandoned boat is not removed from the property where it was abandoned within approximately 45 days after information about the boat’s abandonment is posted on the DEEP website, the person with standing will be awarded ownership of the boat. The person with standing may then keep, sell, or otherwise dispose of the boat.
 
All boats that are reported as abandoned will be listed in the abandoned boat table.  The table will identify, among other things, the last date the vessel may be claimed by the owner or by someone with a lien on the boat or a security interest in the boat.  If one of these persons commits to removing the boat but cannot do so by the “Last Date to Claim Vessel”, that person has the right to ask for the date to be extended. In addition, the Commissioner may extend the date if more time to process a case is necessary. If this happens, an explanation as to why an extension was granted will be added to the table on the DEEP website.
 
Special Notes Regarding Documented Boats and Boats with IRS of Federal Liens: 
“Documented” boats are boats that are or were numbered (registered) with the Coast Guard. They are larger boats that will likely have a name and hailing port painted on the back of the boat, and are unlikely to have a “CT” registration number on the front but they may still display a Connecticut registration decal.  There are special rules for dealing with an abandoned boat that is or was documented.  If you are unsure if the boat you are dealing with is or was documented, feel free to call us.
 
Note 1: In order to process a Notice of Abandoned Vessel for a boat that is or was documented with the Coast Guard, it will be necessary for you to obtain an Abstract of Title from the United States Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) and attach it to your application. The abstract of title will cost you $25 and will take up to three weeks to receive.
 
According to the NVDC website, “You may obtain an Abstract of Title which will show all bills of sale, mortgages, and notices of claim of lien filed and recorded by the Coast Guard. You may request the Abstract by fax if you pay by credit card or may mail your request with the appropriate fee to the NVDC. To get accurate information you must supply the name and official number of the vessel.”  The form for obtaining an Abstract of title is available at www.uscg.mil/nvdc/forms/cg7043.pdf NVDC contact information, including the fax number to which to send the completed form, is available on their website. 
 
Note 2: Ownership cannot be transferred for abandoned boats that are currently documented with the United States Coast Guard.  However, the owners of these boats can still be fined for abandoning the boat.  The fine for abandoning a boat is $440.00.
 
Vessel Liens and Security Interests
Please note that there are safeguards built into the processing of abandoned boats to protect the interests of lien-holders or holders of security interests.  These safeguards require that various contacts be attempted or made if the abandoned boat is subject to a lien or security interest.  Posting of an abandoned boat on the DEEP website may be delayed while these contacts are attempted. 
 
Important: Ownership of a vessel that is the subject of an active IRS or other federal lien cannot be processed under this law.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Registration
Number and/ or Hull Identification Number *
 
(Select the photograph to view larger image)
File
Number
Make/ Model  Length
Primary
Color 
Town and
Waterbody Nearest
Vessel
Location
Start Date/
Last Date to Claim Vessel 
NIKOS/US617950
CT8475AR/STN02310M80D
15-009
Silverton/
Sedan
34'
White
Stratford/
Housatonic River
Feb 27, 2015/
HOLD
CT3212AC/
CTYK2916M82D
15-010
Catalina/
C25
25'
White
Greenwich/
Long Island
Sound
Feb 28 2015/
HOLD
15-006
MacGregor/
CAB
25'
White
Brookfield/
Candlewood Lake
Mar 5, 2015/
HOLD
CT3269F
CT3269F
15-013
Crestliner/
Crestliner
12'
White
Lisbon/
Shetucket River
Mar 27, 2015/
May 11, 2015
CT2750K
UNKNOWNCT2750K
15-014
Starcraft/
Runabout
14' 8"
White
Guilford/
Long Island Sound
Apr 1, 2015/
May 16, 2015
CT8702Y
UNKNOWNCT8702Y
 
15-015
Old Saybrook/
Lightning
19'
Black
Guilford/
Long Island Sound
Apr 4, 2015/
May 19, 2015
CT7269BF
ACBD5160A313
 
15-016
Alumacraft
14'
Green
Guilford/
Long Island Sound
Apr 4, 2015/
May 19, 2015
CT2100AB
SVE6D198M77K
15-019
Stratford/ Dory
15'6'
White
Stratford/
Long Island Sound
Apr 20, 2015/
June 4, 2015
CT5415BC
SERM3714I889
15-021
Sea Ray/
Sundancer
26'
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
Apr 18, 2015/
June 2, 2015
CT1296AR
FLZM6680L069
15-020
MFG/
Unknown
16'6"
White
Plymouth/
Naugatuck River
Apr 17, 2015/
June 1, 2015
CT4068Z
18
 
15-023
Graves/
Consti
29'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
May 6, 2015/
June 20, 2015
CT2026BB
RBMUWI54B787
15-024
Renken/
Sea Mstr
21'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
May 7, 2015
June 21, 2015
CT2682AW
SERT4988A787
15-026
Sea Ray/
Amberjack
27'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
May 7, 2015
June 21, 2015
CT453P
83103
15-028
Ventnor/
Double
31'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
May 6, 2015
June 20, 2015
None
None
{An image of an abandoned boat}
15-035a
Berthon/
Unknown
42'
White
Pawcatuck/
Pawcatuck River
May 11, 2015
June 25, 2015
15-032
Aquasport/
290 XF
29'
White
Pawcatuck/
Pawcatuck River
May 9, 2015
June 23, 2015
NY0246UG
15-031
Achilles/
Unknown
10'
Red
Rocky Hill/
Connecticut River
May 9, 2015
June 25, 2015
15-034
StarCraft/
109A93
14'6"
White
Waterford/
Thames River - LIS
May 9, 2015
June 23, 2015
CT3884BC
CDRCAO14L596
15-025
Carver/
440
44'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River - LIS 
May 9, 2015
June 23, 2015
15-027
O Day/
Sailboat
25'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River - LIS
May 9, 2015
June 23, 2015
15-030
Eastern/
20CC
20'
Blue
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
May 11, 2015
June 25, 2015
15-033
Sea Ray/
2000 VL
20'
White
Pawcatuck/
Pawcatuck River - LIS
May 11, 2015
June 25, 2015
CT6771AY
STN31080M84F
15-035
Silverton/
Convt
31'
White
Mystic/
Long Island Sound
May 11, 2015
June 25, 2015
CT2083AS
CCHET063E686
15-036
Chris Craft/
292 Cat
28'
White
Mystic/
Mystic
River - LIS
May 14, 2015
June 28, 2015
None
Illegible
15-038
Trojan/
Unknown
46'
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
May 20, 2015
July 4, 2015
 
* The hull identification number, documentation number or vessel name and hailing port may be shown in lieu of a registration number.
 
Contact DEEP regarding a listed vessel by email  or phone (860-434-8638).
 
 
Content last updated May 21, 2015.