DEEP: Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

ATTENTION: New Rules Regarding Abandoned Boats. Effective immediately, a person, business or other organization may have no more than three abandoned boats in process at any given time.  The Department will return to the applicant any application that exceeds the three vessel limit.
 
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?
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.   
 
Note 1: 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.
 
Documented Boats: 
“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 2: This law cannot be used for abandoned boats that are currently documented with the United States Coast Guard, except that the owners of these boats can still be fined for abandoning the boat. It is unnecessary to file a Notice of Abandoned Vessel in this case. Contact your locate police. The fine for abandoning a boat is $440.00.
 
Note 3: In order to process a Notice of Abandoned Vessel for a boat 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) and attach it to your application. The Abstract of the 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. 
 
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. 
 
Note 4: A boat that is the subject of an active IRS or other federal lien cannot be processed under this law. You will be notified if an abandoned boat is found to be the subject of an active IRS or federal lien.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 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 
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
CT8168AD
RLS150451773
15-042
Charleston/
R1S
14'
Black
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
June 8, 2015
July 23, 2015
CT6925AY
NTLT0511M82A
15-047
Grady White/
Offshore
24'
White
West Haven/
Long Island Sound
June 6, 2015
July 21, 2015
MD4440AT
WELC4232A888
15-040
Wellcraft/
Cabin
27'7"
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
June 8, 2015
July 23, 2015
CT4460BC
STE16600F708
 
15-041
Skeeter/
Unknown
18'5"
Black
Plainville/
Connecticut River
June 12, 2015
July 27, 2015
US997441
HATCC326M83K
15-050
Hatteras/
Unknown
32'6"
White
Groton/
Long Island Sound
June 11, 2015
July 26, 2015
NONE
STR13820M74J
15-051
StarCraft/
Rowboat
12'
Black
Windsor
Connecticut
River
June 15, 2015
July 30, 2015
NY1465EK
15-045
Unknown/
Open
12'
Silver
Stamford/
Long Island Sound
June 15, 2015
July 30, 2015
CT1766BE
RNK50654I596
15-046
Rinker/
Fiestave
26'5"
White
East Haven/
Long Island Sound
June 19, 2015
August 3, 2015
CT9361AT
CBAKR550J596
15-053
Cobia/
188SS
18'
White
Haddam/
Connecticut River
June 20, 2015
August 4, 2015
CT9265AP
OMCS4236C494
15-054
Lowe/
LV1465
14'
White
Middlefield/
Beseck Lake
June 20, 2015
August 4, 2015
NONE
USA29607B707
15-056
Quicksilver/
Inflatable
8'
White
Uncasville/
Thames River
June 26, 2015
August 10, 2015
CT84_4Y
PSW23098D990
15-055
AVS Laminates/
Steiger
23'
White
Uncasville/
Thames River
June 26, 2015
August 10, 2015
FL1785NN
NTLBS635H788
15-052
Grady White/
Offshore
24'
White
Stratford/
Long Island Sound
June 20, 2015
August 4, 2015
NONE
EMD08033D494
15-057
Caribe/
Inflatable
8'
White
North Stonington/
Long Island Sound
June 29, 2015
August 13, 2015
CT2318N
552
15-059
Columbia/
MK.2
25'7"
White
New Haven/
Long Island Sound
July 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
CT1242AY
CT1242AY
15-060
Winner/
International
28'
White
West Haven/
Long Island Sound
July 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
CT6941AF
BL2C06STB686
15-061
Bayliner/
2550ST
25'
White
West Haven/
Long Island Sound
July 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
CT1439K
CT1439K
15-063
Luhrs/
Flybridge
25'
White
New Haven/
Long Island Sound
July 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
CT6798AB
XDYN0282M82A
15-065
O'Day/
Sloop
28'3"
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
July 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
CT9809AX
MXPA68MKI900
15-066
Maxum/
3000SCR
33'
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
July 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
CT4958BB
LRSE0228M75J
15-069
Luhrs/
280
28'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
July 16, 2015
August 30, 2015
CT8637AC
PYL298
15-070
Pacemaker/
Sport
36'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
July 16, 2015
August 30, 2015
15-064
Seadoo/
Sportster
13'6"
Yellow
Wallingford/
Long Island Sound
July 18, 2015
September 1, 2015
NY1528KT
STN04325M80B
15-067
Silverton/
Unknown
31'
White
West Haven/
Long Island Sound
July 17, 2015
August 31, 2015
CT4394BE
PNYUS7PCK011
15-068
Stingray/
185LS
18'5"
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
July 14, 2014
August 28, 2015
CT3067BA
AMN017291173
15-071
Albin/
25
25'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
July 18, 2015
September 1, 2015
15-072
Four Winns/
Liberator
23'
White
Haddam/
Connecticut River
July 24, 2015
September 7, 2015
CT1CM
CSY25041A292
15-074
Gulf Stream/
Tournament 25
25'
Green
Chester/
Connecticut River
July 24, 2015
September 7, 2015
CT8316AM
BWC88175J687
15-075
Boston Whaler/
Revenge
25'
White
Old Saybrook/
Long Island Sound
July 24, 2015
September 7, 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 July 31, 2015.