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 
CT 5050 AX/
kma29086d686
{image of abandoned boat}
17-112
Blackfin/
Combi
29'9"
Blue
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
CT 8100 AZ/
welgba06e697
{image of abandoned boat}
18-050
Wellcraft/
Eclipse
24'2"
White
Portland/
Connecticiut River
June 14, 2018 /
July 29, 2018
CT 7248 AN/
bygb28fta989
{image of abandoned boat}
18-051
Bayliner/
Trophy
22'6"
White
East Hartford/
Connecticut River
June 28, 2018 /
Aug. 12, 2018
CT4636 AF/
STRL70031183
{image of abandoned boat}
18-053
Starcraft/
16SF
16'
White
Bloomfield/
Connecticiut River
June 23, 2018 /
Aug. 7, 2018
18-054
Aquaterra/
Chinook
16'
Green
Voluntown/
Beachdale Pond
June 19, 2018 /
Aug. 3, 2018
none/
dkj920089a292
{image of abandoned boat}
18-055
Skerray/
Valley
17'9"
Teal
Voluntown/
Beachdale Pond
June 19, 2018 /
Aug. 3, 2018
US 615134/
vky35775m80b
{image of abandoned boat}
18-056
Viking/
Convertible
35'
White
Niantic/
Niantic River
July 7, 2018 /
Aug. 21, 2018
CT 7572 AG/
bl2a21stg687
{image of abandoned boat}
18-057
Bayliner/
2555s
25'
White
Branford/
Long Island Sound
July 9, 2018 /
Aug. 23, 2018
CT 5129 AD/
LARF5480M84A
{image of abandoned boat}
18-058
Larson/
Unknown
18'
White
West Haven/
Long Island Sound
July 19, 2018 /
Sept. 2, 2018
CT 3921 AA/
crs6565am78b
{image of abanadoned boat}
18-059
Cruiser/
Bonanza
21'
Yellow
New London/
Thames River
July 16, 2018 /
Aug. 30, 2018
CT 597 AJ/
jwnmc285L788
{image of abandoned boat}
18-060
Four Winns/
Horizon
20'9"
Blue
New London/
Thames River
July 16, 2018 /
Aug. 30, 2018
CT 8854 AB/
18-061
Bayliner/
Ciera
20'8"
White
New London/
Thames River
July 16, 2018 /
Aug. 30, 2018
CT 1372 AT/
MRKH0620L788
{image of abandoned boat}
18-062
Mako/
Unknown
21'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
July 16, 2018 /
Aug. 30, 2018
CT 5625 AW/
NTLCA501G293
{image of abandoned boat}
18-063
Grady White/
Sailfish
25'
White
New London/
Thames River
July 17, 2018 /
Aug. 31, 2018
RI 2289 L/
CTYHo375M81J
{image of abandoned boat}
18-064
Catalina/
Sailboat
22'
Blue
New London/
Thames River
July 27, 2018 /
Sept. 10, 2018
CT 2832 AV/
AUL27512K293
{image of abandoned boat}
18-065
Albin/
Unknown
27'
Blue
Waterford/
Niantic River
July 23, 2018 /
Sept. 6, 2018
None/
WEM4354559G000
{image of abandoned boat}
18-066
Islander Kayak/
Festiva
14'
Multi
New London/
Thames River
July 20, 2018 /
Sept. 3, 2018
CT 4160 BF/
STN40467C787
{image of abandoned boat}
18-067
Silverton/
Unknown
40'
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
July 23, 2018 /
Sept. 6, 2018
RI 1293 T/
bvka10ebf889
{image of abandoned boat}
18-068
Bayliner/
Unknown
29'
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
July 26, 2018 /
Sept. 9, 2018
CT 1092 BC/
WHO06099D393
{image of abandoned boat}
18-069
Wahoo/
Unknown
16'
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
July 30, 2018 /
Sept. 13, 2018
CT 7881 AZ/
tnrm3418m80c
{image of abandoned boat}
18-070
Formula/
Unknown
26'
White
New London/
Thames River
Aug. 2, 2018 /
Sept. 16, 2018
18-071
Mako/
Unknown
19'
White
Hamden/
Long island Sound
Aug. 23, 2018 /
Oct. 7, 2018
18-072
Chepy Lee/ Luder 36
35'5"
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Aug. 20, 2018 /
Oct. 4, 2018
CT 7691 Am/
XYM3431882D
{image of abandoned boat}
18-074
Irwin/
Citation
34'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Sept. 8, 2018 /
Oct. 23, 2018
MS 1113 BB/
bwck1597m84j
{image of abandoned boat}
18-075
Boston Whaler/
Unknown
13'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Aug. 23, 2018 /
Oct. 7, 2018
CT 1569 AA/
SVE4D044M771
{image of abandoned boat}
18-076
Stratford/
Unknown
14'
White
Westbrook/
Long Island Sound
Sept. 1, 2018 /
Oct. 16, 2018
18-077
Contest/
Sailboat
23'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Aug. 27, 2018 /
Oct. 11, 2018
CT 783 AZ/
crs3744bg485
{image of abandoned boat}
18-079
Cruiser/
Villa Vee
28'8"
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
Sept. 17, 2018 /
Nov. 1, 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 September 18, 2018.