DEEP: Abandoned Boats

Abandoned Boats

ATTENTION: New Rules Regarding Abandoned Boats. Effective July 10, 2015, 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 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 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: 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 *
 
(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 
NONE
LES15017C808
15-081
Sea Eagle/
Inflatable
10'
Gray
Meriden/
(found on)Connecticut River
August 18, 2015
October 1, 2015
RI0915T
MIX80070A303
15-107
Maritime/
Unknown
20'
White
Noank/
Long Island Sound
October 15, 2015
November 29, 2015
CT6690AS
PEA80200E687
15-121
Pearson/
Sailboat
28' 5"
White
Branford/
Long Island Sound
November 20, 2015
January 4, 2016
CT114AP
STN02461M81J
15-126
Silverton/
Unknown
33'8"
White
Pawcatuck/
Long Island Sound
CT5863BC
CRS6471BD787
15-129
Cruiser Yachts/
Unknown
33'
White
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
NONE
ZEP00633F303
15-130
Pelican/
Canoe
15'3"
Green
Old Lyme/
Long Island Sound
December 22, 2015
February 5, 2016
CT9814AE
138
15-133
Unknown/
Sailboat
31'
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
January 2, 2016
February 16, 2016
CT5090AD
43
15-131
Pearson/
Electra
22'5"
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
December 31, 2015
February 13, 2016
CT6214Z
KEL22056M77E
15-132
Ac Marine/
Sailboat
21'8"
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
December 31, 2015
February 13, 2016
CT8971Z
UNKNOWN
16-001
Aquarius Sail/
Unknown
12'
White
Quaker Hill/
Long Island Sound
January 19, 2016
March 4, 2016
CT1193BC
SERT4872L687
16-002
Sea Ray/
Weekender
30'
White
Old Saybrook/
Long Island Sound
January 19, 2016
March 4, 2016
CT3505AJ
SERT6548J788
16-004
Sea Ray/
Sundancer
27'
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
January 16, 2016
March 1, 2016
NV7171KF
SEAR3026C585
16-005
Sea Ray/
Unknown
26'3"
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
January 19, 2016
March 4, 2016
CT6234BE
VCN15307C303
16-003
Caravelle/
207 LS
20'7"
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
January 19, 2016
March 4, 2016
CT823AR
UNKNOWN
16-006
Unknown/
Unknown
14'3"
White
Lebanon/
Mansfield Hollow
January 22, 2016
March 7, 2016
UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN
{An image of an abandoned boat}
16-011
Unknown/
Unknown
17'
White
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
January 28, 2016
March 13, 2016
CT3613BF
BJYA02JCF697
16-007
Bayliner/
Jazz
16'
White
Plainville/
Connecticut River
January 23, 2016
March 8, 2016
CT5808AJ
WNB188154M73
16-009
Winner/
Unknown
28'
White
Stratford/
Long Island Sound
January 29, 2016
March 14, 2016
 
* 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 February 9, 2016.