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Abandoned Boats

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-These Vessels Are Not For Sale

CT 1141 D/
Unknown
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 5276 N/
FXA312078H
image of abandoned boat
19-098
Chris Craft/
Commander
31'
White
Milford/
Long Island Sound
 CT 8806 AX/
CECM0199C101

Image of abandoned boat
 19-107  Bombardier/
5452
18'3" White  Westbrook/
Long Island Sound
 Oct. 4, 2019/
Dec. 6, 2019
CT 2172 X/
STN01024M77b
image of abandoned boat
19-115
Silverton/
Sport
26'
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
CT 166 AC/
EGG31301M76D
image of abandoned boat
19-116
Egg Harbor/
CONVSE
30'6"
White
Portland/
Connecticut River
CT 1710 AH/
TRJEJ0151687
image of abandoned boat
19-119
Trojan/
290
28'8"
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
HOLD
CT 6179 AM/
CCHE5164C686
image of abandoned boat
19-120
Chris Craft/
Catali
29'
White
Clinton/
Long Island Sound
Oct. 22, 2019/
Jan. 25, 2020
 CT 5125 AV/
PAC38104M80F
image of abandoned boat
 19-124 Bayliner/
Ciera
38'  White Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound 
 Dec. 30, 2019/
Mar.15, 2020
 CT 6417 AH/
RGM51049L687
Image of abandoned boat
 19-131  Regal/
Veloci
22'  Red   Guilford/
Long Island Sound
Nov. 7, 2019/
Jan. 10, 2020 
 CT 2949 AC/
NTL02243M771
Image of abandoned boat
 19-132  Grady White/
Unknown
20'4"   White   Guilford/
Long Island Sound
Nov. 7, 2019/
Jan. 10, 2020  
 CT 2941 AX/
None
Image of abandoned boat
 19-133 Custom Aluminum/
Unknown 
 26'10"  White   Essex/
Connecticut River
Nov. 19, 2019/
Jan. 3, 2020 
 MS 6627 A/
NAB04110M78I
Image of abandoned boat
 19-135 North American/
C-22 
24'  White   Groton/
Long Island Sound
 Nov. 26, 2019/
Jan. 17, 2020
 None/
None
Image of abandoned boat
 19-136  Carolina/
Unknown
20'  Blue  Groton/
Long Island Sound 
 Nov. 18, 2019/
Jan. 2, 2020
 NH 4702 BJ/
None
Image of abandoned boat
 19-137  Glasspar/
Runabout
 16'  White  Groton/
Long Island Sound 
Nov. 18, 2019/
Jan. 2, 2020 
 CT 7970 AH/
CCBAG243M83D
Image of abandoned boat
 19-138 Chris Craft/
Stinger 
 29'  White   Westbrook/
Long Island Sound
Nov. 26, 2019/
Jan. 17, 2020 
 CT 4120 BC/
KMH295991788
Image of abandoned boat
 19-139  Blackfin/
Unknown
 29'4"  White  Mystic/
Mystic River 
 HOLD
 US 549409/
PEA483430273
Image of abandoned boat
 19-141  Pearson/
30
 29'9"  White  Mystic/
Mystic River 
Dec. 7, 2019/
Jan. 21, 2020 
 CT 1445 AB/
SCR890100281
Image of abandoned boat
 19-142 Sportcraft/
Family 
27'  White  Fairfield/
Long Island Sound 
Nov. 27 2019/
Jan. 11, 2020 
 CT 6932 AC/
MRK107340577
Image of abandoned boat
 19-143  Mako/
Runner
 23'  White  Gales Ferry/
Thames River
 Dec. 4, 2019/
Jan. 18, 2020
CT 1502 AR/
CCVG0399H394
Image of abandoned boat 
 19-144  Chris Craft/
Concept
18'  White  Danbury/
Candlewood Lake
 Dec. 5, 2019/
Jan. 19, 2020
CT 3368 BA/
BLBA04C10781
Image of abandoned boat 
 19-145  US Yachts/
Sailboat
 30'  White  Milford/
Long Island Sound 
Dec. 4, 2019/
Feb. 1, 2020 
 CT 9705 BG/
SFR8X168M77D
Image of abandoned boat
 19-146 Seafarer/
Sailboat 
 28'6"  Blue  Milford/
Long Island Sound 
Dec. 5, 2019/
Jan. 19, 2020 
 Three Seas/
Unknown
Image of abandoned boat
 19-147  Owens/
Concorde
 35'  White   Portland/
Connecticut River
 Dec. 7, 2019/
Jan. 21, 2020
 CT 1362 AD/
CCHMD1150274
image of abandoned boat
 19-148 Chris Craft/
Sedan 
33'  White  Chester/
Connecticut River
Dec. 13, 2019/
Feb. 21, 2020 
 CT 3572 AL/
CDR32017079
Image of abandoned boat
 19-149  Carver/
Voyager
 32'  White   Chester/
Connecticut River
Dec. 20, 2019/
Feb. 3, 2020 
 CT 490 AN/
STN34736I687
image of abandoned boat
 19-150 Silverton/
34 Conv
34' White  Chester/
Connecticut River
HOLD
 None/
HAB10855F898
Image of abandoned boat
 19-151  Aquatory/
Paddleboat
 8'  White   Ellington/
Crystal Lake
 Dec. 31, 2019/
Feb. 14, 2020
 NH 6003 BE/
FSJAF068J889
image of abandoned boat
 20-002 Citation/
Unknown 
 23' White  Windsor/
Connecticut River  
 Jan. 29, 2020/
April 14, 2020
 CT 4557 AX/
USCA76CDL900
image of abandoned boat
 20-003 Bayliner/
Ciera 
 23'5" White  South Glastonbury/
Connecticut River 
Jan. 18, 2020/
Mar. 3, 2020 
 MS 4160 KV aka
CT 9152 BE/
USCB60SJJ798
image of abandoned boat
20-004  Bayliner/
Ciera
 23'5" White  South Glastonbury/
Connecticut River 
HOLD
 CT 8537/
SDB001390483
image of abandoned boat
20-005  Stur-Dee/
Amesbury 
15'1"  White  North Haven/
Long Island Sound 
 Feb. 28, 2020/
April 13, 2020
 MS 1378 KE/
BWCCL4A025575
image of abandoned boat
20-008  Boston Whaler/
Unknown
11'  White  Guilford/
Long Island Sound
Feb. 28, 2020/
April 13, 2020 
 MS 0084 N/
MSZ03694F101
image of abandoned boat
 20-009 Starcraft/
Unknown
10' Gray Windsor/Connecticut River Feb. 26, 2020/
April 11, 2020 
 US 927138/
XYU6255F1485
image of abandoned boat
 20-010  Ocean Boat/
Super Sport
 55'7"  White Portland/
Connecticut River
 Feb. 28, 2020/
April 13, 2020

CT 3868 X/
28710628
image of abandoned boat

20-011 

Cigarette/
28

 27'  Yellow Clinton/
Long Island Sound
Feb. 28, 2020/
April 30, 2020 
 CT 8134 AN/
SEA77953I091
image of abandoned boat
 20-012  Sea Nymph/
CC171R
 16'7" Gray  Clinton/
Long Island Sound
Feb. 27, 2020/
April 12, 2020 
 CT 2810 BD / CCY24361M81F
image of abandoned boat
 20-013  C+C/
Unknown
24'  White  Rowayton/
Long Island Sound
 April 15, 2020/
May 30, 2020
 CT 8169 AW/
BUJ86945G788
image of abandoned boat
 20-014 Tracker/
Unknown
 16' Gray Woodstock/
West Thompson Lake
 Mar. 4, 2020/
April 18, 2020
 MS 8051 AH / KWEDW171C404
image of abandoned boat
 20-015 Key West/
Unknown
 20' White  Westbrook/
Long Island Sound
Mar. 14, 2020/
April 28, 2020 
CT 7764 W/ XDYK06310574
image of abandoned boat
20-016  O'day/
23
23' White  Haddam/
Connecticut River
 Mar. 16, 2020/
May 7, 2020
 CT 6514 AW/ CRSUSC17B494
image of abandoned boat
20-017   Cruiser Yachts/
3270
 30’3”  White South Glastonbury/
Connecticut River
HOLD
 CT 5124 BJ/ XWR32070B494
image of abandoned boat
 20-018 Albemarle/
Sport Fisherman 
32'  White Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
Mar. 25, 2020/
May 9, 2020 
CT 9422 AP/ WELECB82D494 
image of abandoned boat
 20-019 Wellcraft/
196SC
19'  White Milford/
Long Island Sound 
 HOLD
 CT 1141 D/
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 20-020 Boston Whaler/
Unknown
15'  White   Milford/
Long Island Sound
 Mar. 27, 2020/
May 11, 2020
 NY 2851 GP/ TSP2410261178
image of abandoned boat
 20-021 J-24/
Sailboat
24'  White Guilford/
Long Island Sound
 Apr 1, 2020/
May 16, 2020
 CT 4186 BA / TRBX1196H203
image of abandoned boat
 20-022  Triumph/
210
 20'5"  White  Guilford/
Long Island Sound
 Apr 24, 2020/
June 8, 2020 
 US 1188715/
“SWANY”
image of abandoned boat
 20-023 Unknown/
Sailboat 
72'  White Norwalk/
Long Island Sound 
  Apr 10, 2020/
May 25, 2020
 CT 6970 AM/ CCHSA136M77C
image of abandoned boat
 20-024 Chris Craft/ Unknown   41' White  Clinton/
Long Island Sound
 May 21, 2020/
July 5, 2020
 CT 4055 AW/ ZZNL7756E696
image of abandoned boat
 20-025  Seadoo/
GSX
 8' White   Newington/
Connecticut River
 Apr 15, 2020/
May 30, 2020 
FL 0832 HX/ ZZN05582B393 
image of abandoned boat
 20-026  
Seadoo/
Explorer
 13'  Yellow  Newington/
Connecticut River
 Apr 15, 2020/
May 30, 2020
GA 6272 NW/ PLCSD028H990 
image of abandoned boat
 20-027 Proline/
20 
 20' White East Granby/
Connecticut River 
  May 2, 2020/
June 16, 2020
 CT 5324 AW/
72A603
image of abandoned boat
 20-028  American Sport Boat/Catboat  22' White  Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
  May 16, 2020/
June 30, 2020
CT 1091 AD/

image of abandoned boat
 20-029 Unknown/
Sailboat 
 30' White  Norwalk/
Long Island Sound
 May 19, 2020/
July 3, 2020
 US 964826/
MRKQ0028D989
image of abandoned boat
 20-030 Mako/
Unknown 
 25' White  Guilford/
Long Island Sound
 May 16, 2020/
June 30, 2020
 CT 5961 BJ/
366930
Image of abandoned boat
 20-031  Striker/
Sport Fisherman
 39' Teal  Bridgeport/
Long Island Sound 
 May 26, 2020/
July 10, 2020
 CT 2821 BM/ WELAJB03C999
image of abandoned boat
 20-032  Wellcraft/
Martinique
 25' White Plainville/
Connecticut River
  May 28, 2020/
July 12, 2020
 CT 9991 BE/
ETC70387G687
image of abandoned boat
 20-033  Ebbtide/
Montego
 17' White Bristol/
Connecticut River
 June 1, 2020/
July 16, 2020

 CT 5541 Y/
NKE000620775
image of abandoned boat

 20-034  Finestkind/
Unknown
 17'4" White South Glastonbury/
Connecticut River
  May 27, 2020/
July 11, 2020
 None/
XKA26_58H505
image of abandoned boat
 20-037 Ocean Kayak/
Malibu 
 14' Blue Sherman/
Candlewood Lake 
 May 28, 2020/
July 12, 2020
 None/
PHX91075B898
image of abandoned boat
 20-038 Phoenix Poke Boat/ Kayak   12' Brown  Sherman/
Candlewood Lake
May 28, 2020/
July 12, 2020 
 None/
Illegible
image of abandoned boat
 20-039  Perception/
Rambler
13.5'  Blue  Sherman/
Candlewood Lake
May 28, 2020/
July 12, 2020 
* 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 June 1, 2020.