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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 
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
 Unknown /
YSIH0443C606
image of abandoned boat
 21-001  Sailfish /
Unknown
21'  Yellow NORWALK / 
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 February 26, 2021/
April 12, 2021
 

NY 6703 HW /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat

21-017   

Hinkley /
Sou’Wester

34'  Brown 

GUILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND

 
 

March 28, 2021 /
May 12, 2021

CT 8280 BA /
Unknown 
image of abandoned boat
 21-045 Bassmaster / Unknown  15’6”  White MERIDEN /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
June 28, 2021 /
August 12, 2021 
CT 7731 AG / CDRN0009H687
image of abandoned boat 
 21-046 Carver /
3207 AC 
32'  White   NIANTIC /
NIANTIC RIVER
 July 9, 2021 /
August 23, 2021
 FL 471 DW /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 21-047  Pacemaker /
Unknown
 28'  White  PORTLAND /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 
 June 4, 2021 /
July 19, 2021
CT 7240 AW / WELF1602B585
image of abandoned boat 
 21-049 Wellcraft /
248 SPOR
 24'  White  CLINTON /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
June 14, 2021 /
August 25, 2021 

CT 7299 BG / CPDE0611M78D
image of abandoned boat

 21-051  Cape Dory  25' White

BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND

June 14, 2021 /
August 2, 2021

 CT 8304 BB / SERR2883C606
image of abandoned boat
 21-053  Sea Ray /
260 DA
 28' Black   CHESTER /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
June 17, 2021 /
October 1, 2021 
 Unknown /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 21-054 Phillip & Son Gaff Rigged Ketch  60'   White  BRANFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
 June 24, 2021 /
August 8, 2021
 CT 1081 AJ /
BL2B03CDA585
image of abandoned boat
 21-054 Bayliner /
CONTES 
 28'  White STRATFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
July 3, 2021 /
August 17, 2021 
 CT 7299 BG /
UNKNOWN
image of abandoned boat
 21-057 O’Day /
Tempest 
 23' Blue   COVENTRY /
COVENTRY LAKE
 July 2, 2021 /
August 16, 2021
CT 7291 AW / CPDJ0246M82J
image of abandoned boat 
 21-058  Cape Dory /
Sailboat
 27'  White NORWALK /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 July 8, 2021 /
August 22, 2021
 CT 9337 AZ / L1WS0A36I697
image of abandoned boat
21-059   Mirage /
Unknown
15'  Tan  WEST HAVEN /
LONG ISLAND SOUND
July 12, 2021 /
August 26, 2021 
 NY 2859 EL / NTLCA149E090
image of abandoned boat
 21-060  Grady White / Unknown 25'   White GROTON /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 August 3, 2021 /
September 17, 2021
 CT 6572 AH / MACR4572B787
image of abandoned boat
 21-061  MacGregor /
Sailboat
 25' White  BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
HOLD
October 4, 2021 
 CT 8670 AT / USCB325BK697
image of abandoned boat
 21-062 Bayliner /
2665 
 27’9” White  BRIDGEPORT /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 July 29, 2021 /
September 12, 2021
 MS13RK /
MSZ00218G191
image of abandoned boat
21-063  Montgomery / Unknown   24' White MYSTIC /
MYSTIC RIVER 
July 13, 2021 /
September 1, 2021 
 N/A /
XDCB300BG101
image of abandoned boat
 21-064  Zodiac /
F470
 15'5"  Black  MYSTIC /
MYSTIC RIVER
 July 13, 2021 /
September 1, 2021
 NY 0547 KC /
None
image of abandoned boat
 21-065  Hatteras /
Unknown
 41'  White OLD SAYBROOK /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
 August 4, 2021 /
September 18, 2021
 CT 4239 BF /
386175
image of abandoned boat
 21-066 Pacemaker / Sportfisher   38'  White NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER 
July 29, 2021 /
September 12, 2021 
 CT 574 BE / SERA1900C393
image of abandoned boat
 21-067 SEARAY /
Unknown 
 24'  White NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER 
 August 3, 2021 /
September 17, 2021
 CT 5653 BB / SERT9119A989
image of abandoned boat
 21-068 SEARAY /
30001486 
 29’6”  White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
July 29, 2021 /
September 12, 2021 
 CT 9804 AD / XDYM0044M84D
image of abandoned boat
 21-069  O’Day /
Sailboat
 26' White NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER
August 2, 2021 /
September 30, 2021 
 CT 240 AG /
641037
image of abandoned boat
 21-070  Chris Craft /
Unknown
35'  White GALES FERRY /
THAMES RIVER 
August 25, 2021 /
October 9, 2021 
 CT 9227 AP / HSX3W114J293
image of abandoned boat
 21-071 Hydra-Sports / 2300WA   23' White  GALES FERRY /
THAMES RIVER 
August 25, 2021 /
October 9, 2021 
 Unknown /
LYP3638M79-K
image of abandoned boat
 21-072  Lancer /
Sailboat
 36'  White  PORTLAND /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 September 10, 2021 /
October 25, 2021
 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 
 CT 1252 BE / TNRD5105M84E
image of abandoned boat
21-074  Fountain / F27   27'  White NEW LONDON /
THAMES RIVER 
 August 17, 2021 /
October 1, 2021
CT 1220 AR / XNA30222E686
image of abandoned boat 
 21-075  Sea Ox /
230C
 23' White  PAWCATUCK /
PAWCATUCK RIVER 
 August 14, 2021 /
September 28, 2021
CT 9422 AP / WELEC82D494
image of abandoned boat 
 21-076  Wellcraft /
196SC
19'   White MILFORD /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
August 30, 2021 /
October 14, 2021
NY 6409 UA / GALWE222G990
image of abandoned boat 
 21-077 Galaxy / 225 Weekender  22'   White  SUFFIELD /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 August 31, 2021 /
October 15, 2021
 
DO1096015 / RGMVA328K900
image of abandoned boat 
 21-078 Regal /
Commodore 3260 
 33'  White PLAINVILLE /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
September 2, 2021 /
October 17, 2021
 CT 2042 BK /
Unknown
image of abandoned boat
 21-079  Fairline /
Unknown
37'   White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 September 3, 2021 /
October 18, 2021
 US 935849 /
“ANAKENA”
image of abandoned boat
 21-080  Gulfstar /
Unknown
 50' White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER 
September 16, 2021 /
October 30, 2021 
 CT 6943 BG / CCHEB231H485
image of abandoned boat
 21-081  Chris Craft /
CATA291
 28'9"  White  OLD SAYBROOK /
CONNECTICUT RIVER
 September 15, 2021 /
October 30, 2021
 CT 459 AV / SSU55013L687
image of abandoned boat
 21-082  Slickcraft /
Unknown
 26'6" White NORWALK /
LONG ISLAND SOUND 
September 8, 2021 /
October 23, 2021
* 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 21, 2021