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 
NY 2081 DS /
17-061
Bertram / Moppie 26
26'
White
Portland/
Connectciut River
CT 1119 BG/
Unknown
{image of abandoned boat}
17-081
Coastal/
Unknown
45'
Blue
Bridegport/
Long Island Sound
 CT 4699 AH/
alspx052e787
{image of abandoned boat}
17-109
Imperial/
Uknown
26'
Blue
Bridegport/
Long Island Sound
CT 3293 AF/
mrk101660373
{image of abandoned boat}
17-110
Mako/
Cutty
23'
White
Bridegport/
Long Island Sound
CT 5050 AX/
kma29086d686
{image of abandoned boat}
17-112
Blackfin/
Combi
29'9"
Blue
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
CT 5452 AS/
ery30x47m79f

{image of abandoned boat}
17-115
Ericson/
Sailboat
29'9"
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
CT 4971 AG/
zdym00770573
{image of abandoned boat}
18-005
O'Day/
27
26'9"
White
Haddam/
Connecticut River
CT 6774 AY/
stn00883m76k
{image of abandoned boat}
18-007
Silverton/
Sedan
31'
White
Haddam/
Connecticut River
March 3, 2018 /
May 17, 2018
MS 5865 JT/
18-008
Forest River/
Odyssey Lextra
26'
White
Chester/
Connectciut River
Feb. 9, 2018 /
March 26, 2018
CT4332 AC/
bwc1687cm82i
{image of abandoned boat}
18-009
Boston Whaler/
Unknown
15'
White
Norfolk/
Winchester Lake
Jan. 25, 2018 /
March 11, 2018
CT 5661 AY/
273371n
{image of abandoned boat}
18-010
O'Day/
27MK1
27'
White
Noank/
Fishers Island Sound
Jan. 30, 2018 /
March 16, 2018
CT 6369 Z/
CEC23291M77J
{image of abandoned boat}
18-011
Celebrity/
Sailboat
23'
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
Feb. 15, 2018 /
April 1, 2018
CT 2305 AT/
Unknown
{image of abandoned boat}
18-012
USCG/
Monomoy
25'6"
Green
Old Saybrook/
Long Island Sound
Feb. 28, 2018 /
April 14, 2018
US 528385/
14 {image of abandoned boat}
18-013
Chris Craft/
Comanche
42'
White
Milford/
Long island Sound
Feb. 11, 2018 /
March 28, 2018
CT 751 BF/
PIODG225D202
{image of abandoned boat}
18-014
Sea Pro
25'
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
Feb. 21, 2018 /
April 7, 2018
CT 4229 BJ/
xldadp95d595
{image of abandoned boat}
18-016
Wellcraft/
Excell
20'
White
Stamford/
Long Island Sound
March 3, 2018 /
April 17, 2018
NY 5667 JU/
ASPX5093H687
{image of abandoned boat}
18-015
Aquasport/
Unknown
28'
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
Jan. 30, 2018 /
March 16, 2018
CT 2559 BE/
urk65116c707
{image of abandoned boat}
18-017
Ribcraft/
6.5
21'3"
Gray
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
March 22, 2018 /
May 6, 2018
CT 1113 FT/
pac26849m78k
{image of abandoned boat}
18-018
Pacemaker/
Unknown
25'
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
March 12, 2018 /
April 26, 2018
CT 2147 AR/
sera5969e494
{image of abandoned boat}
18-019
Sea Ray/
Unknown
25'
White
Ridgefield/
Candlewood Lake
CT 1289BB/
GLA19483G900
{image of abandoned boat}
18-020
Glastron/
2000
18'7"
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
March 7, 2018 /
April 26, 2018
18-021
South Bay/
Unknown
38'8''
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
March 12, 2018 /
April 26, 2018
CT 8223 BF/
ccy295510677
{image of abandoned boat}
18-023
C&C Yacht/
Sailboat
29'
White
New London/
Thames River
March 19, 2018 /
May 2, 2018
CT 9056 AX/
byqd16fda787
{image of abandoned boat}
18-024
Bayliner/
Trophy
21'
Blue
New London/
Thames River
March 21, 2018 /
May 5, 2018
CT507 AY/
serv6395f101
{image of abandoned boat}
18-025
Sea Ray/
Sundeck
21'
White
Norwalk/
Long island Sound
April 9, 2018 /
May 24, 2018
CT7469 AE/
xue51464c585
{image of abandoned boat}
18-027
Sun Runner/
230SB
22'2"
Tan
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
March 23, 2018 /
May 7, 2018
CT 3626 AT/
amn02662m77h
{image of abandoned boat}
18-031
Albin/
Unknown
25'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
April 14, 2018 /
May 29, 2018
RI 1299 W/
THMA20FLL607
{image of abandoned boat}
18-033
 Trophy/
Unknown
25'
White
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
April 14, 2018 /
May 29, 2018
 
* 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 April 20, 2018.