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 
CT5425AK
PLC21620I889
16-023
Pro Line/
Unknown
23'
White
Farmington/
Connecticut River
March 25, 2016
May 9, 2016
CT7328X
CS1B62150M791
16-024
Classic/
Sport
25'
White
Trumbull/
Long Island Sound
March 25, 2016
May 9, 2016
None
None
16-026
Unknown/
Unknown
20'
Natural
Haddam/
Connecticut River
March 25, 2016
May 9, 2016
CT2170AC
541857NET9
16-027
Pacemaker/
Unknown
28'
White
Haddam/
Connecticut River
March 25, 2016
May 9, 2016
CT2966X
CCHJH2620676
16-028
Chris Craft/
Express
25'1"
White
Haddam/
Connecticut River
March 28, 2016
May 12, 2016
None
28122006 (partial)
16-030
Silver Marine/
Nemo 300 AD
10'
Gray
Old Lyme/
Long Island Sound
March 31, 2016
May 15, 2016
CT5051K
None
16-022
Tom Sawyer/
Runabout
16'
White
Lyme/
Long Island Sound
March 31, 2016
May 15, 2016
None
CAQJE22245K613
16-031
Future Beach/
Vantage 144
12'
Orange
Old Lyme/
Long Island Sound
April 11, 2016
May 26, 2016
CT5729AJ
WELC4664E888
16-033
Wellcraft/
Aruba
23'
White
Marlborough/
Connecticut River
April 11, 2016
May 26, 2016
NY7508FS
Unknown
16-034
MFG/
Runabout
18'
White
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
April 25, 2016
June 9, 2016
US553641
136
{An image of an abandoned boat.}
16-035
Far East/
Sailboat
31' 9"
White
Gales Ferry/
Thames River
April 23, 2016
June 7, 2016
None
ACH00011K405
16-036
Achilles/
LS-4RU
10'
Gray
Madison/
Long Island Sound
May 9, 2016
June 23, 2016
CT3202T
235
16-037
Dufour/
Sloop
27'
Blue
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
May 14, 2016
June 28, 2016
CT178B
9W871EG
16-038
Winner/
Seawolf
14'6"
White
Ansonia/
Housatonic River

May 23, 2016 /

July 7, 2016 
None
None
16-039
Uniflite / Unknown
34'
White
Waterford/
Long Island Sound

May 23, 2016 /

July 7, 2016 
CT 4750 AT
ser t97 96h 990
16-040
Sea Ray / 310 EX
32'
White
Waterford/
Long Island Sound

May 21, 2016 /

July 5, 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 May 16, 2016.