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 *
 
(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 
US 668338 / dbbf37110184
{image of abandoned boat}
17-016
Dickerson / Sailboat
37'
White
Milford /
Long Island Sound
None / ago09384k687
{image of abandoned boat}
17-022
American General / Baja
16' +/-
Blue
Haddam /
Connecticut River
April 10, 2017 /
July 22, 2017
CT 1205 AP / ely001981172801
{image of abandoned boat}
17-024
Columbia / Sailboat
29'
White
Haddam / Connecticut River
April 3, 2017 /
May 18, 2017
NY 8075 FJ / yama3257e404
{image of abandoned boat}
17-029
Yamaha / Wave Runner
11'
White
Brookfield / Candlewood Lake
CT 4805 AW/ mwk53689j889
{image of abandoned boat}
17-031
Invader / Unknown
16'
White
Uncasville / Thames River
May 6, 2017 /
June 20, 2017
CT 215 Z / ctyk164m777j
{image of abandoned boat}
17-033
Catalina / Sailboat
25'
White
Guilford / Long Island Sound
May 8, 2017 /
June 23, 2017
CT 6772 X / cpde0269m75h
{image of abandoned boat}
17-034
Cape Dory Yacht / Unknown
26'1"
White
Guilford / Long Island Sound
May 6, 2017 /
June 20, 2017
NC 4420 WV /
17-036
Sea Doo / Speedster
16'
White
Cos Cob /
Long Island Sound
May 13, 2017 /
June 27, 2017
CT 2940 AE / hsxzw124m84j
{image of abanonded boat}
17-037
Hydra- Sports / 2200
22'
White
East Haven / Long Island Sound
May 6, 2017 /
June 20, 2017
CT 9341 AX / zcun3411m83a
{image of abandoned boat}
17-038
 CS Yacht / Sailboat
33'4"
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
CT 9302 AG / cchdz066m83d
{image of abandoned boat}
17-039
Chris Craft / 266
26'6"
White
Chester / Connecticut River
May 15, 2017 /
June 29, 2017
CT 7588 AF / bl2c03sbb686
{image of abandoned boat}
17-040
Bayliner / 2450 SB
23'8"
White
Chester / Connecticut River
CT 3013 AA / ser9574m0477
{image of abandoned boat}
17-042
Sea Ray / SRV 19
19'6"
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
May 20, 2017 /
July 4, 2017
17-043
Crestliner / Unknown
21'
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
May 19, 2017 /
July 3, 2017
CT 4968 AB / plc20103m81a
{image of abandoned boat}
17-044
Pro Line / Unknown
22'9"
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
May 20, 2017 /
July 4, 2017
CT 4352 AZ/ serv9873e404
{image of abandoned boat}
17-045
Sea Ray / 240 SD
26'4"
White
Cos Cob /  Long Island Sound
May 19, 2017 /
July 3, 2017
CT 2938 BE / cchijh372m77d
{image of abandoned boat}
17-035
Chris Craft / CAT 251
25'1"
White
Guilford / Long Island Sound
May 18, 2017 /
July 2, 2017
CT 6059 X / xdyt0365m78k
{image of abandoned boat}
17-046
O'Day / Sailboat
22'9"
White
Bridgeport /
Long Island Sound
May 30, 2017 /
July 14, 2017
CT 4745 AH / stn2860034m75f
{image of abandoned boat}
17-047
Silverton /
Unknown
28'
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
May 30, 2017 /
July 14, 2017
CT 4709 AK / Unknown
{image of abandoned boat}
17-048
Luhrs / Sedan
32'
White
Bridgeport / Long Island Sound
 
 
May 30, 2017 /
July 14, 2017
 
CT 3272 AS / ssup1030m81a
{image of abandoned boat}
17-051
Tiara /
Pursuit
31'
White
Stamford / Long Island Sound
June 3, 2017 /
July 18, 2017
US 928081 / saq38021m841
{image of abandoned boat}
17-049
Barberis /
Sailboat
38'
White
Chester / Connecticut River
June 1, 2017 /
July 16, 2017
CT 1540 AF / ssb02135f585
{image of abandoned boat}
17-050
Sea Sprite/ 195XL
19'3"
White
Milford/ Long Island Sound
June 7, 2017 /
July 22, 2017
17-041
 Seafarer / Meridian
25' 6"
White
Westbrook /
Long Island Sound
May 19, 2017 /
July 3, 2017
CT 7009 AW / serr3609a000
{image of abandoned boat}
17-054
Sea Ray / 180 BR
18'
White
Coventry/
Coventry Lake
June 12, 2017 /
July 27, 2017
CT 1474 Z /Unknown
{image of abandoned boat}
17-055
Wellcraft / Fisher
17'
White
Bethel / Candlewood Lake
June 17, 2017 /
August 1, 2017
CT 4093 AW / BWCJ1562M821
{image of abandoned boat}
17-053
Boston Whaler / Sport
13'
White
Torrington / Bantam Lake
June 14, 2017 /
July 29, 2017
CT 4346 AP /
17-056
Ensign / Endeavor
32'
White
Norwalk / Long Island Sound
June 30, 2017 /
August 14, 2017
CT 6668 AR/ ccy241760476
{image of abaondoned boat}
17-057
C+C /
Sailboat
24'
White
Norwalk / Long Island Sound
July 9, 2017 /
August 23, 2017
CT 6233 AB / ser5db126581
{image of abandoned boat}
17-059
Sea Ray /
Unknown
24'
Tan
Portland /
Connecticut River
July 20, 2017 /
September 3, 2017
unknown /
17-062
Boston Whaler / Nauset
17'
White
Branford /
Long Island Sound
July 21, 2017 /
September 4, 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 July 21, 2017.