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 *This table may not be visible on some mobile devices.
 
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

 US 1204644 /
RGFT0150H102
image of abandoned boat
 21-091  Monterey /
Unknown
30'   White MILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 HOLD
 CT8867AC /
HUN54854M81A
image of abandoned boat
22-005   Hunter /
H27
27'  White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 Jan. 24, 2022 /
March 10, 2022
 CT 3653 BJ /
PFWMS045A414
image of abandoned boat
 22-014  Four Winns /
TS222
 20’5”  Orange  NEW MILFORD /
CANDLEWOOD LAKE
 Feb. 14, 2022 /
March 31, 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
DO618225 / XDYQ0077M709
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-055 O’Day / Sloop   37'  White STAMFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
Sept. 27, 2022/
Nov. 7, 2022 
 CT 6543 AJ / GSYA1338C888
imageofanabandonboat
22-064  Glass Stream /
Fiesta 
20'   White STERLING /
STERLING POND 
 July 12, 2022/
August 26, 2022
 “Gendarme” /
None
imageofanabandonboat
 
22-067   Lyman /
Cabin Motorboat
 
26'  White  CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
HOLD
CT 1546 AV / BERF1655M78A
imageofanabandonboat 
22-073  Bertram / FBC   28'  White CHESTER/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
July 14, 2022/
Sept. 16, 2022 
CT 5939 AA / TSP242150178
imageofanabandonboat 
22-074  J Boats / J-24   24' Red  WESTBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
July 26, 2022/
Sept. 9, 2022 
CT 1910 AC / CTZ04261G292
imageofanabandonboat 
22-075  Catalina / Sailboat  27'   Red
MILFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
HOLD
CT8758AM / CRS5636BG687
imageofanabandonboat 
22-078  Cruisers Yachts / Holiday 26  26’2”  White  GALES FERRY/
THAMES RIVER 
 August 5, 2022/
October 30, 2022
CT 6698 AL / TRJ072760177
imageofanabandonboat 
22-080  Trojan / F-36  36'  White  OLD SAYBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
July 25, 2022/
Sept. 8, 2022 
 CT 2324 AC / 316228
imageofanabandonboat
 22-088 Alglass / Flybridge  31'   White WESTBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
August 9, 2022/
Sept. 23, 2022  
 NY8387MB / SERT6142B505
imageofanabandonboat
 22-097 Sea Ray / Unknown  37'  White   NORWALK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
October 24, 2022 /
Dec. 8, 2022 
NY 6543 GE / PTJ15696K405
imageofanabandonboat 
22-098  Nautica / WB15   15'  White  GROTON/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
Sept. 19, 2022/
Nov. 3, 2022 
CT8241BJ / SERT6034G787
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-099 Sea Ray / Sundance 270  27'   White NORWALK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
Sept. 19, 2022/
Nov. 3, 2022 
CT5193BE / SERF36281182
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-100  Sea Ray / 340SB 34'  White   CONNECTICUT RIVER/
SOUTH GLASTONBURY
 October 6, 2022 /
Nov. 20, 2022
 CT 4689 AC / PAC30428M76G
imageofanabandonboat
 22-101 Pacemaker / Unknown  30'  White  GLASTONBURY/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 Sept. 27, 2022/
Nov. 11, 2022
CT 3890 BN / SSUF0205L586
imageofanabandonboat 
22-102  Tiara / Pursuit   20' White  NEW HAVEN/
QUINNIPIAC RIVER 
 Sept. 21, 2022/
Nov. 3, 2022
 VA4806BH / SERV5955D808
imageofanabandonboat
22-103   Sea Ray / 205 20'  White  LYME/
HAMBURG COVE 
October 4, 2022 /
Dec. 30, 2022 
 CT967AX / SLK997190373
imageofanabandonboat
22-104  Robalo / Unknown  19'  White  WESTBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
October 13, 2022 /
Nov. 27, 2022 
 CT5444AC / None
imageofanabandonboat
22-105  Cheoy Lee / Sailboat  26'  White  THAMES RIVER/
NEW LONDON 
 October 12, 2022 /
Nov. 26, 2022
 CT1684AE / SCN06238M73H
imageofanabandonboat
22-107  Sears / Gamefisher  11’1”  White  UNION/
BREAKNECK POND 
 October 24, 2022 /
Dec. 8, 2022
 None / CP212789B898
imageofanabandonboat
22-108  Coleman / Canoe  15'  Red  BREAKNECK POND/
UNION 
October 22, 2022 /
Dec. 6, 2022 
DL4439AF / HATAL5190380
imageofanabandonboat 
22-109   Hatteras / 53C  53' White   ESSEX/
CONNECTICUT RIVER
October 25, 2022 /
Dec. 9, 2022 
NY7594GY / CR0CC127I788
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-110  Robalo / R2680 26'   White NEW HAVEN/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
October 31, 2022 /
Dec. 15, 2022 
 CT6848BF / AGC12790C090
imageofanabandonboat
 22-111  Baja / Unknown 25'   White COLUMBIA/
MONO POND 
 Nov. 2, 2022 /
Dec. 31, 2023
 CT979AJ / WHO00815B686
imageofanabandonboat
22-112  Wahoo / 16.2 Twin Console  16’2”  White  COS COB/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
Dec. 19, 2022 /
Feb. 2, 2023 
 CT5619AD / BL2A15SB06384
imageofanabandonboat
22-113  Bayliner / 2450 SB  23’8”  White  SOUTH GLASTONBURY/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
Nov. 19, 2022 /
Jan. 20, 2023 
 UNKNOWN / UNKNOWN
imageofanabandonboat
22-114  UNKNOWN / Sailboat   42' White   SOUTH GLASTONBURY/
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 Nov. 14, 2022 /
Dec. 29, 2022
 PA0186CS / NJZ27603HULL
imageofanabandonboat
 22-115 Unknown / Trawler  40'  White  SOUTH GLASTONBURY/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
 Nov. 28, 2022 /
Jan. 9, 2023
DO687881 / GFSC50461076
imageofanabandonboat 
22-116  Gulfstar / Sailboat  50'  White   BRANFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
Dec. 9, 2022 /
Jan. 30, 2023 
 CT3949BB / XDCS3866K405
imageofanabandonboat
 22-117 Zodiac / FR310  10’2”   Gray  OLD LYME/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 Dec. 9, 2022 /
Jan. 23, 2023
“USA 2807” / none
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-118 Unknown / J24  24  White   STAMFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 Jan. 1, 2023 /
Feb. 15, 2023
FL6850NF / MXYA45MSA505 
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-119 Maxum / 2400 SE  25'  White   STAMFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
Dec. 12, 2022 /
Feb. 6, 2023 
 CT3006BA / CRS8825BJ990
imageofanabandonboat
 22-120 Cruisers Yachts / Unknown  30’8”  White  CLINTON/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
Dec. 9, 2022 /
Jan. 23, 2023 
US632712 / HUN37208M81C
imageofanabandonboat
 22-121 Hunter / Sailboat   37' White  STAMFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
Jan. 1, 2023 /
Feb. 15, 2023 
CT1175BK / 57736
imageofanabandonboat 
22-122  Catalina / Sailboat  29’11”   White NEW LONDON/
THAMES RIVER 
Dec. 23, 2022 /
Feb. 6, 2023 
 CT0908BB / TRJRB0C60581
imageofanabandonboat
22-123  Trojan / 36  36'  White   NORWALK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 Dec. 30, 2022 /
Feb. 13, 2023
CT5501AW / CTYN2049M80L
imageofanabandonboat 
22-124  Catalina / C30  29’11”  White  NEW LONDON/
THAMES RIVER 
Jan. 1, 2023 /
Feb. 15, 2023 
 RI6468T / USHH87CLB404
imageofanabandonboat
22-125  Bayliner / Unknown   19'  White  CANTERBURY/
QUINEBAUG RIVER
 Dec. 24, 2022 /
Feb. 7, 2023
NH0240BL / Unknown
imageofanabandonboat  
 22-126 Boston Whaler / Unknown  13'  White   EAST HARTFORD/ CONNECTICUT RIVER Jan. 24, 2023 /
March 10, 2023 
NY7394GS / Unknownimageofanabandonboat  23-001   Morgan / Sailboat 36'  White 

NORWALK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND

Jan. 24, 2023 / 
March 10, 2023

 None / QJE22240B718
imageofanabandonboat
23-002  Clearwater / Mist Kayak  8’6”   Red  STRATFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
Jan. 9, 2023 /
Feb. 24, 2023 
 None / None
imageofanabandonboat
23-003  Hobie / Catamaran   14' White  STRATFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
Jan. 9, 2023 /
Feb. 24, 2023 
CT485AV / GPCLP892B888
imageofanabandonboat 
23-004  Glassmaster / 187BR   17'5"  White  NEW BRITAIN/ BATTERSON POND Jan. 24, 2023 /
March 10, 2023 
 CT1451BN / TRJ090140479
imageofanabandonboat
23-005   Trojan / F32 32'   White

NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER

Jan. 27, 2023 /
March 13, 2023

* 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 January 27, 2023