DEEP: Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

ATTENTION: New Rules Regarding Abandoned Vessels. Any person, business or other organization may have no more than three abandoned vessels in process at any given time.  The Department will return to the applicant any application that exceeds the three vessel limit.
 
This process is open only to the Party with Standing, the vessel owner, and any bona fide lienholder or holder of a security interest.  The vessels listed below are not available for sale.
 
Public Act 14-57 - An Act Concerning Abandoned Vessels went into effect on January 1, 2015 (CGS Section 15-140c, as amended). Under the new process prescribed by PA 14-57, an aggrieved person, or “Party with Standing”, submits a Notice of Abandoned Vessel along with a fee to the DEEP.  The DEEP will make all the necessary checks and contacts required under the law.  In general, if the vessel is not removed from the property of the Party with Standing within 45 days, the law will award ownership of the vessel to that person.  The Party with Standing is then responsible for the disposition of the vessel. 

Note 1: Persons who are considering submitting a Notice of 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.
 
 
Note 2:  This process does not deal in any way with abandoned vessel trailers.  For information about abandoned trailers please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles.

When is a vessel considered abandoned? 
In Connecticut, a vessel 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 (you should note the position of the vessel and notify DEEP Emergency Dispatch at (860) 424-333 before taking the vessel into custody);
  • Improperly registered and left on the waters of the state for more than 24-hours (this provision is intended for police or government use); 
  • Left at a mooring for more than sixty days since payment for the mooring became overdue; (this provision is intended for municipal or harbormaster use)
  • 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 Notice of Abandoned Vessel?
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 vessel process;
  • Any harbormaster, police department, municipality or agent of the state that agrees to process the abandoned vessel;
  • 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 vessel.
How do I submit a Notice of Abandoned Vessel?
To submit a Notice of Abandoned Vessel you must:

1. Have standing as designated by statute and described above,
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 non-refundable fee.
 
If the abandoned vessel is not removed from the property where it was abandoned within approximately 45 days after information about the vessel’s abandonment is posted on the DEEP website, the Party with Standing will be awarded ownership of the vessel. The Party with Standing may then keep, sell, or otherwise dispose of the vessel.
 
All vessels that are reported as abandoned will be listed in the abandoned vessel 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 vessel or a security interest in the vessel.  If one of these persons commits to removing the vessel 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.   
 
Vessel Liens and Security Interests
Please note that there are safeguards built into the processing of abandoned vessels 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 vessel is subject to a lien or security interest.  Posting of an abandoned vessel on the DEEP website may be delayed while these contacts are attempted.   
 
Special Rules for Vessels That Are or Were USCG-Documented:
“Documented” vessels are vessels that are or were numbered (registered) with the Coast Guard. They are larger vessels that will likely have a name and hailing port painted on the back of the vessel, 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 vessel that is or was documented.  If you are unsure if the vessel you are dealing with is or was documented, feel free to call us at (860) 447-4354.
 
In order to process a Notice of Abandoned Vessel for a vessel that was previously documented with the United States Coast Guard, it will be necessary for you to obtain an Abstract of the Title from the United States Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC). The Abstract of the Title will cost you $25 and will take a week or two to receive. Please obtain the Abstract of Title prior to submitting your Notice of Abandoned Vessel, then contact us at (860) 447-4354.
 
An Abstract of Title can be ordered through the NVDC at www.uscg.mil/nvdc/
The NVDC can be reached by telephone at 1-800-799-8362.
 
Note 3: This law cannot be used for abandoned vessels that are currently documented with the United States Coast Guard, except that the owners of these vessels can still be fined for abandoning the vessel. It is unnecessary to file a Notice of Abandoned Vessel in this case. Contact your locate police. The fine for abandoning a vessel is $440.00. 
 
Note 4: From time to time an abandoned vessel is found to be subject to a federal tax lien.  The DEEP Boating Division has no authority to discharge a vessel from a federal tax lien through the abandoned vessel process.  The DEEP Boating Division will notify a party with standing if an abandoned vessel is found to be subject to a federal tax lien.  Parties with standing seeking to take ownership of an abandoned vessel that is subject to a federal tax lien will be responsible for working with the IRS upon transfer of the vessel to formally discharge the vessel from the lien.   Parties with standing will be required to sign an acknowledgement of the lien prior to transfer.   A party with standing may choose to withdraw a vessel from the abandoned boat process at any time prior to being issued a Notice of Assumed Ownership.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Registration
Number and/ or Hull Identification Number *
 
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File
Number
Make/ Model 
Length
Primary
Color 
Town and
Waterbody Nearest
Vessel
Location
Start Date/
Last Date to Claim Vessel 
MS 6781 AA /
16-070
Carver/
Unknown
30+ '
White
Old Saybrook/
Long Island Sound
Unknown /
16-072
Prout /
Elite 37
37'
Blue
Old Saybrook/
Long Island Sound
Sept 17, 2016
Nov 1, 2016
CT 1855 AR /
16-079
Sea Doo /
GTX
9'11'
White
Oxford /
Housatonic River
Sept 7, 2016
Oct 22, 2016
CT 2463 AM /
16-080
Sea Ray /
270 DA
27'1"
White
Portland /
Connecticut River
Sept 2, 2016
Oct 17, 2016
RI 4567 N /
16-083
Silverton / Crusader
30'+/-
White
Baltic /
Thames River
Oct 5, 2016 /
Nov 19, 2016
CT 6231 AW /
16-084
Bangor Punta /
O'Day Sail
21'
Blue
Canton /
Farmington River
Sept 3, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
CT 8829 P / UNKNOWN
{image of abandoned boat}
16-085
StarCraft /
V160
16'
White
Glastonbury /
Connecticut River
Sept 6, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
CT 6634 X /
16-086
MFG /
Gypsy
16'6"
White
Glastonbury /
Connecticut River
Sept 7, 2016
Oct 22, 2016
CT 7864 AR /
16-087
Ericson / Sloop
28'7"
White
Norwalk /
Long Island Sound
Sept 6, 2016
Oct 12, 2016
CT 720 BG /
16-090
Luhrs /
29 Express
29'
White
Noank /
Long Island Sound
Sept 16, 2016
Oct 31, 2016
CT 2621 BA /
16-094
Cobia /
250 WA
25'6"
White
Stratford /
Long Island Sound
CT 6325 BC /
16-095
Supra /
launch 22
22'6"
Red
South Windsor /
Connecticut River
 
Sept 22, 2016
Nov 6, 2016
CT 4832 BE /
16-091
Grampian / Sailboat
26'
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
Sept 28, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
CT 4419 AC /
16-092
Hunter /
H 27
26'2"
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
Sept 28, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
CT 5155 AV /
16-093
Cal /
Cal 34
34'
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
Sept 28, 2016
Nov 12, 2016
NY 7591 W /
16-096
Allmand / Sailboat
31'
White
Haddam / Connecticut River
Sept 26, 2016
Nov 10, 2016
CT 9682 AC /
16-097
Trojan / Express
30'
White
Gales Ferry /
Thames River
Oct 1, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
 
CT 5170 AR /
16-099
Chris Craft /
Unknown
30'
Black
Old Saybrook /
Long Island Sound
Oct 1, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
CT 2671 BF /
16-100
Mainship /
Unknown
34'
White
Baltic /
Thames River
Oct 5, 2016
Nov 19, 2016
CT 2488 AT /
16-101
Silverton /
Unknown
34'
White
Old Saybrook /
Long Island Sound
Oct 7, 2016
Nov 21, 2016
CT 9781 BF /
16-102
Bertram /
Bahia
31'
White
Bridgeport /
Long Island Sound
Oct 12, 2016
Nov 26, 2016
MS 1666 JJ /
16-103
Bertram / unknown
28'
White
Bridgeport /
Long Island Sound
Oct 17, 2016
Dec 1, 2016
RI 5109 T /
16-104
Sea Ray / 340
34'
White
Bridgeport /
Long Island Sound
Nov 5, 2016
Dec 20, 2016
CT 2333 AM /
16-105
Phoenix /
SF CONV
28'
White
Clinton /
Long Island Sound
Nov 4, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
CT 3701 AV /
16-106
Four Winns / 258 VIS
25'8"
White
Clinton /
Long Island Sound
Oct 15, 2016
Nov 29, 2016
CT 8338 BC /
16-107
Slickcraft / Tiara
27'6"
Blue
Clinton /
Long Island Sound
Oct 17, 2016
Dec 1, 2016
CT 1913 AE /
16-108
C+C /
Unknown
25'
White
Rowayton /
Long Island Sound
Oct 19, 2016
Dec 3, 2016
CT 6099 AL /
16-109
Pearson / P26
26
White
Rowayton /
Long Island Sound
Oct 19, 2016
Dec 3, 2016
None /
FR-wmp a59 89b 808
{image of abandoned boat}
16-110
West Marine / Inflatable
10' +/-
Gray
Pawcatuck /
Long island Sound
Oct 18, 2016
Dec 2, 2016
16-111
Bertram /
Unknown
25' +/-
Blue
Preston /
Thames River
Oct 21, 2016
Dec 5, 2016
CT 2641 AY /
16-112
Steigercraft /
Cutty
 25'
White
New London / Thames River
 
Nov 1, 2016
Dec 16, 2016
None /
16-113
Bayliner / Unknown
30'
White
Chester/
Connecticut River
Oct 27, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
CT 5523 AX /
16-114
Boston Whaler / Ventura
20'7"
White
Cos Cob /
Long Island Sound
Oct 27, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
CT 5293 AL /
16-115
Stingray / 599 ZP
19'5"
Blue
Plainville /
Connecticut River
Oct 26, 2016
Dec 10, 2016
NC 4093 DJ /
16-116
Sea Ray / 250 SLX
26'6"
Gray
New Milford /
Lake Candlewood
Nov 5, 2016
Dec 20, 2016
CT 3571 BD /
16-117
Cheoy Lee / Luder 36
35'5"
White
Portland / Connecticut River
Nov 7, 2016
Dec 22, 2016
CT 9500 AM /
16-118
Coleman / Crawdad
11'2"
Green
Southbury /
Housatonic River
Nov 7, 2016
Dec 22, 2016
CT 2869 BE /
16-119
Mako /
241
24'
White
Clinton /
Long Island Sound
Nov 10, 2016
Dec 25, 2016
Char Chu / DYZ0335E585
{image of abandoned boat}
16-120
O'Day / O'Day 35
35'
White
Milford /
Long Island Sound
Nov 21, 2016
Jan 6, 2017
CT 8541 AJ / dmrzd137h788
{image of abandoned boat}
16-121
Donzi /
29
28'4"
Red
Milford /
Long Island Sound
Nov 10, 2016
Dec 25, 2016
CT 5303 AL /
16-122
Wellcraft /
250 SP
24'8"
White
Portland /
Connecticut River
Nov 10, 2016
Dec 25, 2016
CT 7425 AZ /
16-123
Wellcraft /
St Tropez
32'
White
Clinton /
Long Island Sound
Nov 12, 2016
Dec 27, 2016
CT 8068 AK /
16-124
Baha Cruiser / 310 Express
31'3"
Gray / White
Chester /
Connecticut River
Nov 23, 2016
Jan 7, 2017
CT 6723 AM/
16-125
Cruiser Yachts / V-Sport 266 
26' 
White /
Red
Chester /
Connecticut River
Nov 23, 2016
Jan 7, 2017
CT 342 BB /
16-126
Master Craft /
210-X-10
20'9"
Blue
Brookfield/
Candlewood Lake
Nov 25, 2016
Jan 9, 2017
CT 8871 BC / bbbm61csk708
{image of abandoned boat}
16-127
Bayliner / 185 Capri
17'11"
White /
Black
Brookfield /
Candlewood Lake
Nov 28, 2016
Jan 12, 2017
CT 1594 BF / gdy4059sf212
{image of abandoned boat}
16-128
Godfrey / SP 2500 FE
26'2"
Black
Brookfield /
Candlewood Lake
Nov 26, 2016
Jan 10, 2017
 
* 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 November 30, 2016.