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.
 
 
 
 
 
THESE VESSELS ARE NOT FOR SALE
 
 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 for Owner to Claim Vessel 
CT 6826 BE/
WELC0670A585
{image of abandoned boat}
18-127

Wellcraft/
St. Tropez
32'
White
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
US 927817/
ENC42219L788
{image of abandoned boat}
19-021
Endeavor/
Sailboat
42'2"
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
CT 9243 BG/
Unknown
{image of abandoned boat}
19-053
Darryl Lamb/
Sportfish
36'
Gray
New London/
Thames River
June 21, 2019/
Aug 15, 2019
CT 2666 AW/
PMC42090M78A
{image of abandoned boat}
19-056
Post/
Sportfish
42'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
June 28, 2019/
Sept 13, 2019
NY 6196 UT/
SPB01026L899
{image of abandoned boat}
19-057
Sportcraft/
210 C/C
21'
White
Greenwich/
Long Island Sound
July 6, 2019/
Sept. 5, 2019
CT 1006 BA/
FGBR0986K304
{image of abandoned boat}
19-060
Chaparral/
260 SSi
25'6"
White
Brookfield/
Candlewood Lake
July 23, 2019/
Sept 22, 2019
CT 3402 AW/
WELC3275D787
{image of abandoned boat}
19-062
Wellcraft/
St Tropaz
32'
White
Shelton/
Housatonic River
CT 4965 BC/
CDRT0070C686
{image of abandoned boat}
19-063
Carver/
AFT CO
36'
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
MC 2017 ST/
CEC35144K203
{image of abandoned boat}
19-064
Seadoo/
Challenger
19'8"
White
Old Saybrook/
Connecticut River
July 8, 2019/
Sept 9, 2019
19-066
Bertram/
Unknown
38'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
July 10, 2019/
Sept 13, 2019
RI 9005 T/
VSL29144A484

{image of abandoned boat}
19-068
Seabird/
Unknown
30'
White
New London/
Thames River
July 13, 2019/
Oct 1, 2019
19-069
StarCraft/
Unknown
15'
White
Groton/
Thames River
July 13, 2019/
Sept 5, 2019
NJ 9134 GF/
CRSUSL59F798
{image of abandoned boat}
19-070
Cruiser Yacht/
30
30'
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
July 23, 2019/
Sept 6, 2019
CT 6128 AM/
XUHHA438M82A
{image of abandoned boat}
19-072
Herreshoff/
America
18'
White
Niantic/
Long Island Sound
Jul 23, 2019/
Sept. 22, 2019
CT 7768 AD/
XDYG0596M77a
{image of abandoned boat}
19-074
O'Day/
O'Day 25
25'
White
Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound
July 16, 2019/
Aug 30, 2019
MS 3103 ZD/
KAW97100D595
{image of abandoned boat}
19-075
Kawasaki/
STS
Unk
White
Middletown/
Connecticut River
July 15, 2019/
Aug 29, 2019
NY 5473 GD/
ALSMT0371586
{image of abandoned boat}
19-076
Imperial/
VC 230
23'
White
New Britain/
Connecticut River
July 17, 2019/
Aug 31, 2019
CT 3284 AT/
GDY4414EE797
{image of abandoned boat}
19-077
Godfrey/
AP240P
24'
White
Danbury/
Candlewood Lake
July 30, 2019/
Sept 13, 2019
CT 788 AN/
FRR03468H192
{image of abandoned boat}
19-078
Baha Cruiser/
Unknown
27'1"
White
Chester/
Connecticut River
July 18, 2019/
Sept. 1, 2019
19-079
Sea Ray/
Unknown
18'
White
Wethersfield/
Connecticut River
July 18, 2019/
Sept. 1, 2019
CT 4774 AD/
MFG71796M78
{image of abandoned boat}
19-081
Sears/
Gamefish
12'
White
Seymour/
Housatonic River
July 25, 2019/
Sept. 8, 2019
CT 2513 AN/
Unknown
{image of abandoned boat}
19-082
Mirro Craft/
Jon Boat
10'
White
Meriden/
Connecticut River
July 23, 2019/
Sept. 6, 2019
CT 844 AV/
USPA35MSE999
{image of abandoned boat}
19-084
Maxum/
Unknown
24'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
July 31, 2019/
Oct 1, 2019
MS 8039 AG/
CRS5259BC686
{image of abandoned boats}
19-085
Cruiser/
Unknown
33'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Aug 7, 2019/
Sept. 21, 2019
CT 2536 BJ/
PEA46078M73G
{image of abandoned boat}
19-086
Pearson/
Weekender
26'9"
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
Aug 5, 2019/
Sept. 19, 2019
CT 3990 BA/
CPDE0657M78J
{image of abandoned boat}
19-087
Cape Dory/
Sailboat
25'6"
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
Aug 5, 2019/
Sept. 19, 2019
19-088
Zodiac/
Inflatable
10'
Gray
Mansfield/
Coventry Lake
Aug 6, 2019/
Sept. 20, 2019
CT 7010 BC/
CNPL9718A585
{image of abandoned boat}
19-089
Coleman/
Crawdad
11'
Green
Sherman/
Candlewood Lake
Aug 17, 2019/
Oct. 1, 2019
NY 1024 KV/
TRJDN002H091
{image of abandoned boat}
19-090
Trojan/
Unknown
37'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Aug 12, 2019/
Sept. 26, 2019
CT 8571 Z/
XDYG2105M78J
{image of abandoned boat}
19-091
O'Day/
Sailboat
25'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
 
Aug 14, 2019/
Sept. 28, 2019
CT 2463 AM/
SERM7889E090
{image of abandoned boat}
19-092
Sea Ray/
270 DA
27'1"
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
Aug 15, 2019/
Sept. 29, 2019
CT 3505 AD/
BL2B01CD0583
{image of abandoned boat}
19-093
Bayliner/
Contes
28'6"
White
Shelton/
Housatonic River
Aug 18, 2019/
Oct. 2, 2019
CT 3184 BC/
RNK29948D989
{image of abandoned boat}
19-095
Rinker/
Captiva
20'6"
White
New Fairfield/
Candlewood Lake
Aug 26, 2019/
Oct. 10, 2019
CT 784 AV/
SERA5340K798
{image of abandoned boat}
19-096
Sea Ray
27'
White
Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
Aug 29, 2019/
Oct. 13, 2019
CT 8019 AG/
SERF35540782
{image of abandoned boat}
19-099
Sea Ray/
Sedan
33'7"
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
Sept 3, 2019/
Oct. 18, 2019
US583005/
PAC40523M77J
{image of abandoned boat}
19-102
Pacemaker/
Unknown
40'
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
Sept 11, 2019/
Oct. 26, 2019
 
* 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 13, 2019.