Abandoned Boats

THESE VESSELS ARE NOT FOR SALE OR CLAIM - 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 to the general public for sale or for claim.  
NEW: DEEP offers the following clarification regarding the presumption that a vessel   “left at a storage facility, repair facility or other commercial facility for more than one year since receipt of the last full payment by such facility” is abandoned in accordance with Section 15-140c(a)(4) of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”). 1. The presumption must be supported by an initial and final certification or affidavit from the party with standing further establishing the facts of the reported abandonment.  The Commissioner may seek financial information, including invoices, proof of payment, account status etc. from the party with standing that filed the Notice of Abandoned Vessel or from the vessel owner.  

2. A vessel owner may rebut the presumption of vessel abandonment by (1) notifying in writing both DEEP and the Party with Standing that the vessel owner did not and does not intend to abandon the subject vessel and, (2) establishing that any account balance with the Party with Standing that filed the Notice of Abandoned Vessel is not more than one-year past due at the time the Notice of Abandoned Vessel was filed or at any time prior to the ownership transfer date of the vessel as established by the Commissioner pursuant to Section 15-140c of the CGS.

3. The vessel owner and the Party with Standing shall notify DEEP of any attempted or accepted payment.  Should DEEP determine that such payment or offer of payment was valid and that such payment or offer of payment was or would have been sufficient to bring the balance owed on the vessel to not more than one-year past due, DEEP shall consider the matter closed and shall not reconsider a subsequent filing for abandonment for the same vessel due to non-payment of storage fees until six months have elapsed since such closure.  

Vessels presumed to be abandoned at a mooring will be handled in a similar manner to determine whether a mooring payment is more than 60-days past due in accordance with Section 15-140c(a)(3) of the CGS.

Initial Certification
Final Certification

The Abandoned Boat Process

Under Section 15-140c of the CGS, 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. - NO MORE THAN THREE VESSELS AT ONE TIME:  Any person, business or other organization may have no more than three abandoned vessels in process at any given time, and users are asked to allow all three to finish processing before submitting additional abandoned vessels.  The Department will return to the applicant any application that exceeds the three vessel limit.   - VESSELS ARE NOT FOR SALE:  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.
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 860-424-3333 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?
The law 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.  

- VESSEL OWNERSHIP TRANSFERS ARE FINAL: 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.
 
- BOAT TRAILERS ARE NOT PART OF THIS PROCESS:  This process does not deal in any way with abandoned vessel trailers.  For information about abandoned trailers please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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- CURRENTLY DOCUMENTED VESSELS: 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. 

- FEDERAL TAX LIENS: 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.


Notice of Abandoned Vessel

Abandoned Vessel Law - Public Act 14-57 

Section 15-140c of CGS
Vessel Liens:
Section 49-55s of CGS
UCC Filing Form
UCC Filing Online
Vessels Reported Abandoned 
 
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 8670 AT /
USCB325BK697
image of abandoned boat
 21-062 Bayliner /
2665 
 27’9” White  BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 HOLD

 CT 5997 AW /
TVG14209G899
image of abandoned boat
21-073  Twin Vee /
14 
14’4”   White  MYSTIC /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
August 9, 2021 /
September 23, 2021 
 US 1204644 /
RGFT0150H102
image of abandoned boat
 21-091  Monterey /
Unknown
30'   White MILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 HOLD
 NY 5074 GR /
BMF410151278
image of abandoned boat
21-094   Burnscraft /
Unknown
 41'  White MILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 November 28, 2021 /
January 14, 2022
 NY 4164 PG /
CCHML2330475
image of abandoned boat
 21-095  Chris Craft /
Unknown
35'   White BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 December 7, 2021 /
January 21, 2022
 US933688 / XYU10148A888
image of abandoned boat
21-096   Ocean Yachts /
Unknown
48'  White  CLINTON /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 November 6, 2021 /
January 21, 2022
 CT 1325 BA /
STN34354A585
image of abandoned boat
 21-098  Silverton /
34 CONVT
34'  White   OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
HOLD
 CT 8278 AZ /
CDRH5005F889
image of abandoned boat
 21-100  Carver /
Montego
 27' White  NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER 
November 30, 2021 /
January 14, 2022 
 CT 1858 BA / YAMA1707H899
image of abandoned boat
 21-101  Yamaha /
XI760 Waverunner
 8'  White  BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 December 29, 2021 /
February 12, 2022
 CT 8262 AD /
STN02432M81H
image of abandoned boat
 21-102 Silverton /
FB Conv 
 34'  White  WEST HAVEN /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 December 26, 2021 /
February 9, 2022
 CT 4033 AV /
FGBW0157F585
image of abandoned boat
 22-001  Chaparral /
215 XLC
 21’6” Black   DERBY /
HOUSATONIC RIVER
January 14, 2022 /
February 28, 2022 
 CT8015AV / MPC36322F889
image of abandoned boat
 22-002  Mainship /
Nantucket
 36’2”  White  CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 January 26, 2022 /
March 12, 2022
 NY 6703 HW /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 22-004  Hinkley /
Sou’Wester
 34'
 
 White  GUILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 January 25, 2022 /
March 11, 2022
 CT8867AC /
HUN54854M81A
image of abandoned boat
22-005   Hunter /
H27
27'  White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 January 24, 2022 /
March 10, 2022
 CT5581Z /
221
image of abandoned boat
 22-006  Seafarer /
Sloop
25’7”   Blue OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 January 24, 2022 /
March 18, 2022
 
 CT3676AC /
STN03091M7980
image of abandoned boat
 22-007 Silverton /
Unknown 
26'  White   OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 February 5, 2022 /
March 22, 2022
 US 537642 /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 22-008  International /
Little Harbor B36
 36' Blue PORTLAND /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 January 24, 2022 /
March 10, 2022
 CT9168AE /
4WNMM313D686
image of abandoned boat
 22-009  Four Winns /
Liberator
 21' Black  CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 January 31, 2022 /
March 17, 2022
 CT2080AA /
NTLV0954M80C
image of abandoned boat
 22-010  Grady White /
Tarpon
 19' White    CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 January 31, 2022 /
March 17, 2022 
 CT9914BB /
TRJ064590376
image of abandoned boat
 22-011  Trojan /
F32
 32'  White CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 January 31, 2022 /
March 17, 2022 
 “Stella Maris” /
430
image of abandoned boat
 22-012  Pacemaker /
C30
 30' White  CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 February 6, 2022 /
March 23, 2022
 NY 9716 GK /
PSSC2191i213
image of abandoned boat
 22-013  Stratos /
Unknown
 20’5”  Blue  NEW MILFORD /
CANDLEWOOD LAKE
 February 10, 2022 /
March 27, 2022
 CT 3653 BJ /
PFWMS045A414
image of abandoned boat
 22-014  Four Winns /
TS222
 20’5”  Orange  NEW MILFORD /
CANDLEWOOD LAKE
 February 14, 2022 /
March 31, 2022
 ME 6653 K /
CBTF6115M74H
image of abandoned boat
 22-015  Corson /
Runabout
 15'  White  MANCHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
February 18, 2022 /
April 4, 2022 
 RI 1022 WS /
BL2A05ELF788
image of abandoned boat
 22-018  Bayliner /
Unknown
 39'  White  STONINGTON /
PAWCATUCK RIVER
 HOLD
 CT 3378 AV /
ZBI58204D999
image of abandoned boat
 22-020  Campion /
Explorer 582
 19'1"  White OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 February 24, 2022 /
April 10, 2022
 CT 8127 AF /
NTLCB254M84H
image of abandoned boat
 22-021  Grady White /
257
 25'7"  White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 February 24, 2022 /
April 10, 2022
 CT 4860 AJ /
BNZ6S713D888
image of abandoned boat
 22-022  Stratos /
266FS
 16’8”  Black  SOUTHINGTON /
QUINNIPIAC RIVER
 February 19, 2022 /
April 5, 2022
 CT 2680 AF /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 22-023  Seafarer /
Sailboat
 31' White  PORTLAND /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 March 2, 2022 /
April 21, 2022
 None /
None
image of abandoned boat
 22-024  Hobie /
Catamaran
14'  White  WATERFORD/
NIANTIC RIVER
March 10, 2022 /
April 22, 2022 
 NJ 2086 HA /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
22-025   Rinker /
230 Festiva
23'  White ORANGE /
HOUSATONIC RIVER 
HOLD
 CT6863AP /
WELA9593E393

22-026 Wellcraft /
232 Eclipse 
23' White   ORANGE /
HOUSATONIC RIVER
 
March 28, 2022 /
May 12, 2022 
CT4881AX / MSZ00042E898 
image of abandoned boat
22-027  Glastron /
Unknown 
16'   White ORANGE /
HOUSATONIC RIVER 
March 26, 2022 /
May 6, 2022 
CT 7729 BE /
BVKA15EVK394 
image of an abandon boat
 22-028 Bayliner /
4788 
47’4”   White BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
March 24, 2022 /
May 8, 2022 
 CT 2091 BE / QMJ70651A010
image of an abandoned boat
22-029  Custom /
Custom 
 50' Grey  BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
April 15, 2022 /
May 30, 2022 
 CT 5595 AN /
Unknown
imageofanabandonedboat
22-030   Starcraft /
Unknown
18’1”  White  MILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 March 24, 2022 /
May 23, 2022
CT8712AF /
ZCC340020477 
image of abandoned boat
 22-031 C+C Boatworks/
34 
33’6”   White  BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
HOLD
 CT9501AL /
SCR01059C888
image of abandoned boat
 22-032 Sportcraft /
160 Fisherman 
16'  White  WESTBROOK /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
March 30, 2022 /
May 14, 2022 
 MS 0421 TB / MSZ00181F696
image of abandoned boat
 22-033 MEG /
Unknown 
16'  White   WALLINGFORD /
QUINNIPIAC RIVER
 May 17, 2022 /
July 1, 2022
 CT 7031 AA / PEV014670780
image of abandoned boat
 22-034  
Sea Raider /
Unknown
15'8"  Red  WALLINGFORD /
QUINNIPIAC RIVER 
 May 17, 2022 /
July 1, 2022
 CT 2137 AA / FGBV0444F787
image of an abandoned boat
22-035  Chaparral /
Unknown 
 27' White  NIANTIC /
NIANTIC RIVER 
April 7, 2022 /
May 22, 2022 
 CT 302 BC / SERV9154E606
image of abandoned boat
 22-036  Sea Ray /
240 Sundeck
 26’4”  White NORWALK /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 May 17, 2022 /
July 1, 2022
CT 3436 AW / SERF7061C686 
image of an abandoned boat
22-037  Sea Ray /
Seadan 
34'   White NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER 
April 8, 2022 /
May 23, 2022 
 CT 4349 BD /
Unknown
imageofanabandonedboat
 22-038  New Horizon / Sailboat  25’3”  Blue  NIANTIC /
NIANTIC RIVER
 April 14, 2022 /
May 29, 2022
 NY5742ML / SERR6536K001
imageofanabandonedboat
22-039  Sea Ray /
Unknown 
25'   White BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
April 24, 2022 /
June 8, 2022 
None /
XKA06411A505
image of an abandoned boat
22-040  Mars /
Ocean Kayak 
 14' Yellow  BRIDGEWATER /
LAKE LILLINONAH
 April 8, 2022 /
May 23, 2022
 None /
MFPKH076B505
image of an abandoned boat
22-041   Current /
Kestrel 120 HV
 12' Yellow  BRIDGEWATER /
LAKE LILLINONAH 
April 8, 2022 /
May 23, 2022 
CT 3721 AN / CTYH3955K687
image of an abandoned boat
 22-042 Catalina /
Sailboat 
22'  White  BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
April 16, 2022 /
May 31, 2022 
 UNKNOWN /
UNKNOWN
image of an abandoned boat
22-043   Sunbird /
SPL 174
17'   Blue PLAINFIELD /
QUINEBAUG RIVER 
April 21, 2022 /
June 5, 2022 
 CT 5495 R /
681229
image of abandoned boat
22-044   Trifoil /
Bearcat
14'  White/ Red  MILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 May 12, 2022 /
June 26, 2022
 CT 3647 AX / STNE0228A898
image of abandoned boat
 22-046  Silverton /
292
39’2”   White  COS COB /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 May 13, 2022 /
June 27, 2022
 CT9940AG / CBA75296G687
imageofanabandonedboat
 22-047  Cobia /
Sportster
 16’5” Blue  PEQUABUCK /
CEDAR LAKE 
 May 7, 2022 /
June 21, 2022
UNKNOWN /
UNKNOWN 
image of abandoned boat
 22-050  Maxum /
Unknown
 18'  Red  WATERBURY /
NAUGATUCK RIVER
 May 20, 2022 /
July 4, 2022
* 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 17, 2022