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 *
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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
 CT8867AC /
HUN54854M81A
image of abandoned boat
22-005   Hunter /
H27
27'  White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 January 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
 February 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
CT8712AF /
ZCC340020477 
image of abandoned boat
 22-031 C+C Boatworks/
34 
33’6”   White  BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
HOLD
CT 1247 BM / BLOA04CGG687 
imageofanabadonboat
22-045  Bayliner /
Capri 
18’9”   White  NORTH BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
May 27, 2022 /
July 11, 2022 
DO618225 / XDYQ0077M709
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-055 O’Day / Sloop   37'  White STAMFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
September 27, 2022/
November 7, 2022 
CT 9510 AT / CCHMP0220575
imageofanabandonboat
 22-060  Chris Craft / Tournament  30' White   CLINTON /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
July 10, 2022/
August 31, 2022 
CT 3228 AG / CCHDG761E686
imageofanabandonboat 
22-061  Chris Craft / 350 CA  35'  White  CLINTON/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 July 8, 2022/
August 31, 2022
CT3751AF / B1JB13CUG586 
imageofanabandonboat
22-062  Bayliner /
Capri 
14'  White  BRISTOL /
CEDAR LAKE 
June 30, 2022/
August 21, 2022 
 CT 8647 BM / GLAT5445i901
imageofanabandonboat
22-063  Glastron / 1700  16’5”   White GLASTONBURY/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
July 23, 2022/
September 6, 2022 
 CT 6543 AJ / GSYA1338C888
imageofanabandonboat
22-064  Glass Stream /
Fiesta 
20'   White STERLING /
STERLING POND 
 July 12, 2022/
August 26, 2022
CT 8361 AE/
1035605
imageofanabandonboat 
22-065  Starcraft /
Arrow 
14'  Red  STERLING /
STERLING POND 
July 12, 2022/
August 26, 2022 
 “Gendarme” /
None
imageofanabandonboat
 
22-067   Lyman /
Cabin Motorboat
 
26'  White  CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
HOLD
NY1667KV / ETY331360876 
imageofanabandonboat
22-068  Marine Trader / Unknown  34'  White   CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 
July 8, 2022/
August 22, 2022 
ME 14 TPV / ACH00116A898 
imageofanabandonboat
22-069  Achilles / LSI104  10'   Grey NIANTIC /
NIANTIC RIVER 
 July 13, 2022/
August 27, 2022
 CT 1710 AH / TRJEJ0151687
imageofanabandonboat
 22-070  Trojan /
290
28’8”  White  CLINTON /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 July 11, 2022/
August 25, 2022
MS 7573 BK / SERF1171J889
imageofanabandonboat 
22-071  Sea Ray / Unknown  45'   White CLINTON /
LONG ISLAND SOUND  
July 15, 2022/
August 29, 2022 
 CT 1350 AW / MXGA35MVF900
imageofanabandonboat
 22-072  Maxum / 3300SCR 35’6”   White CLINTON/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
July 14, 2022/
September 16, 2022 
CT 1546 AV / BERF1655M78A
imageofanabandonboat 
22-073  Bertram / FBC   28'  White CHESTER/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
July 14, 2022/
September 16, 2022 
CT 5939 AA / TSP242150178
imageofanabandonboat 
22-074  J Boats / J-24   24' Red  WESTBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
July 26, 2022/
September 9, 2022 
CT 1910 AC / CTZ04261G292
imageofanabandonboat 
22-075  Catalina / Sailboat  27'   Red
MILFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
HOLD
CT 3245 BA / MAB09266B595
imageofanabandonboat 
22-077   Mariah / Davanti 27'   White GALES FERRY/
THAMES RIVER 
July 2, 2022/
September 19, 2022 
CT 1142 EN / CPY00274L586
imageofanabandonboat 
22-079   Capital Yacht / Newport 33  33' White  MILFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
July 25, 2022/
September 30, 2022 
CT 6698 AL / TRJ072760177
imageofanabandonboat 
22-080  Trojan / F-36  36'  White  OLD SAYBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
July 25, 2022/
September 8, 2022 
CT 9310 BC / PNYUS2PLG394
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-084 Stingray / Unknown  21’6”   White DANBURY/
CANDLEWOOD LAKE 
August 1, 2022/
September 15, 2022 
None / CPY10210B818
imageofanabandonboat 
22-085  Dogfish / Unknown  8'   White LEDYARD/
LONG POND 
July 29, 2022/
September 12, 2022 
CT 4435 N / Unknown
imageofanabandonboat 
22-086  Chris Craft / Unknown  36'   Blue LYME/
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
August 1, 2022/
September 15, 2022 
none / JOK00761B414
imageofanabandonboat 
22-087   Coleman / Scanoe 14'   Green NORTH HAVEN/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
August 1, 2022/
September 18, 2022 
 CT 2324 AC / 316228
imageofanabandonboat
 22-088 Alglass / Flybridge  31'   White WESTBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
August 9, 2022/
September 23, 2022  
CT 3535 BB / SXSS0184K900
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-089  Sea Hunt / 200 Escape  19’6”  White  NORWALK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
August 10, 2022/
October 24, 2022 
 CT 8798 AK / HUN33536M82G
imageofanabandonboat
22-090   Hunter / Sailboat 32’8”  White  CLINTON/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
August 12, 2022/
September 26, 2022 
CT 8948 AZ / GDY4294CB404
imageofanabandonboat 
22-091   Godfrey / SW180RE 18'  White  SOUTHBURY/
LAKE ZOAR 
August 17, 2022/
October 1, 2022 
 CT7037AA / MFGC8140M79A
imageofanabandonboat
22-092  MFG / Caprice  14'  White  GUILFORD/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 August 22, 2022/
October 6, 2022
CT4106 AX / JYC48036F203
imageofanabandonboat 
22-093   Crownline / 262CR 25’10”  Blue  WESTBROOK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 August 25, 2022/
October 9, 2022
CT 9039 AH / 4WNTC333F787
imageofanabandonboat 
22-094   Four Winns / 160  16' Blue  VOLUNTOWN/
PACHAUG POND 
August 23, 2022/
October 7, 2022 
 NY 7478 MA / MXYA23MUH203
imageofanabandonboat
22-095  Maxum / 32  29'   White NEW HAVEN/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
September 1, 2022/
October 16, 2022 
Unknown / Unknown
imageofanabandonboat 
22-096  Unknown / Rowboat  12'  White  NIANTIC/
NIANTIC RIVER 
September 14, 2022/
October 29, 2022 
NY 6543 GE / PTJ15696K405
imageofanabandonboat 
22-098  Nautica / WB15   15'  White  GROTON/
LONG ISLAND SOUND
September 19, 2022/
November 3, 2022 
CT8241BJ / SERT6034G787
imageofanabandonboat 
 22-099 Sea Ray / Sundance 270  27'   White NORWALK/
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
September 19, 2022/
November 3, 2022 
CT 3890 BN / SSUF0205L586
imageofanabandonboat 
22-102  Tiara / Pursuit   20' White  NEW HAVEN/
QUINNIPIAC RIVER 
 September 21, 2022/
November 3, 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 September 30, 2022