It’s time to Pull the boat….Before temps fall with the leaves.

If you haven’t noticed it yet take a minute and enjoy this fall season as the colors this year are exceptional. Of course those very colors, while great to look at, also are the main indicator that now is the time to get your winterizing scheduled before Mother Nature shift gears and the temps drop.

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Here at your home-port we have been busy pulling and preping the boats for their long winter naps. This week we were able to get to the half way point of pull-out. So if your one of the hold outs, hoping for one last day of perch fishing we hope you get it, and hope that we can help you get your boat ready for the cold months ahead.

Be sure to stop in and let Romp’s Award Winning Service Dept take care of all your pull-out needs. After all, you don’t want to be this guy.

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Till then here’s your weekend forecast (NWS):

…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…

REST OF TODAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 25 KNOTS. CLOUDY. A CHANCE
OF RAIN SHOWERS. WAVES 4 TO 7 FEET...DECREASING TO 3 TO 5 FEET LATE.
TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING NORTH. MOSTLY
CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE EVENING. WAVES 3 TO 5 FEET
SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FEET.
SUNDAY...NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING WEST. MOSTLY SUNNY.
WAVES 2 TO 4 FEET SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FEET. 
SUNDAY NIGHT...WEST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHWEST. PARTLY
CLOUDY IN THE EVENING...THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. WAVES 1 TO
3 FEET.

Good Morning Sunshine!..Your weekend awaits.

What a forecast for a weekend. Mother Nature is serving up a great one as both the sun is shining and the fish are starting to bite. That is the perfect combination for fall. Now add to that the bigest one day festival in Ohio, with Vermilion’s own Woolybear Festival this Sunday and there is no reason to stay at home this weekend.

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So get outside while you still can and enjoy all the fun here at your homeport, Romp’s Lake Erie Marina! Because cool weather may not be that far off, so take advantage of all this sun. See you dockside!

Your forecast (NWS):

TODAY...EAST WINDS 10 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING NORTHEAST. SUNNY.
WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS. 
TONIGHT...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING EAST. MOSTLY
CLEAR. WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS. 
SATURDAY...EAST WINDS 10 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING NORTHEAST. SUNNY.
WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS. 
SATURDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING SOUTHEAST.
MOSTLY CLEAR. WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS.
SUNDAY...SOUTHEAST WINDS 10 KNOTS OR LESS BECOMING EAST. WAVES
1 FOOT OR LESS.

 

Dairy Dock’s Last Day of the Season Tomorrow (Sept 7th)

We know, we’re going to miss the Summer fun too. When the kids go back to school, including much of our staff, it’s a sure fire sign that the time of year to wrap up another great summer is has arrived. We love this town and want all of our customers to know we really appreciate all the support and hope to see you again in the spring. Till then, a BIG thank you to the V-town.

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See you soon! Till then, have a great school year!

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Fish Festival Weekend Arrives With a Bang!

We know it’s a little ways off yet, but we thought we would get the word out about an exciting addition to this years Fish Festival. On June 13th, the Fish Festival committee will presenting the 2nd annual FIREWORKS! This exciting event will take place right off of Vermilion’s own breakwall at the entrance to the harbor.

(pic below just a generalized example for entertainment purposes).

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Due to safety, and the fact it will be held at the mouth of the Vermilion River there are some issues that all boaters should be aware of. The details below were provided by the Festival of the Fish committee and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce:

  • Due to the safety of this event we are asking spectators and boaters to take a look at the map (below) of the area and please be aware of our safety zones that will be set in place.
  • The west entrance to the Vermilion River will not be accessible once the fireworks are placed on the break wall. We are asking that boaters use the east entrance to navigate both in and out of the Vermilion River .
  • There will be complete river closure starting at 9:30pm until 11pm.
  • The fireworks display is set to begin at 10:00pm.
  • There will be five to six temporary buoys set up 500’ around the detached break wall and boaters are permitted to watch the fireworks show on the north side of these buoys.
  • Both attached piers the one by Main Street Beach and the other by the lagoons beach will be off limits to spectators.
  • The fireworks display will be visible by personal boat on the Lake, Main Street Beach and Festival area.
  • Thank you in advance for understanding as we understand there maybe a few inconveniences.

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So get ready to get a real bang out of your summer!

Back at work…

We had a great couple of days off with family and are now back at the Marina prepping for the great season ahead. Of course this time of year this is a lot of maintenance and boat work to be completed before we can even think about docks going back in.

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So while Mother Nature does her best to bring a chill about, we want all of our captains and crews to know that we are here from 8-5 daily in the Service Department in case you need to add some off season service to your to-do list. The Store/Office is open Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri from 10 to 3.

Feel free to give us a call, we would be glad to hear from you!

WoollyBear Festival this Sunday…get your caterpillar ready!

The Vermilion Woollybear festival and parade takes place tomorrow downtown. Visitors have numbered near the 100,000 mark during peak years when the weather is cooperating. We know there is a bit of a soggy forecast for Sunday but want our boaters and guests alike to be ready for this event and the large number of visitors it may draw to town.

Our boaters should know that the marina will be accessible throughout, there will be members of the local Lions Club parking cars for the public here on the property. This will not effect Romp’s customers as parking will remain open and unhindered.

However, with that many people coming to visit we recommend that you either come to the marina early, before 9am, or after 1pm as the hours between will be peak traffic times on Vermilion’s streets.

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Here’s tomorrow’s somewhat soggy forecast:

SUNDAY…SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS.
SUNDAY NIGHT…SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS. SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS.

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Vermilion Fish Festival to start with a BANG!

We know it’s a little ways off yet, but we thought we would get the word out about an exciting addition to this years Fish Festival. On June 14th, the Fish Festival committee will presenting a new event, FIREWORKS! This exciting event will take place right off of Vermilion’s own breakwall at the entrance to the harbor.

(pic below just a generalized example for entertainment purposes).

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Due to the events newness, and the fact it will be held at the mouth of the Vermilion River there are some safety issues that all boaters should be aware of. The details below were provided by the Festival of the Fish committee and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce:

  • Due to the safety of this event we are asking spectators and boaters to take a look at the map (below) of the area and please be aware of our safety zones that will be set in place.
  • The west entrance to the Vermilion River will not be accessible once the fireworks are placed on the break wall. We are asking that boaters use the east entrance to navigate both in and out of the Vermilion River .
  • There will be complete river closure starting at 9:30pm until 11pm.
  • The fireworks display is set to begin at 10:00pm.
  • There will be five to six temporary buoys set up 500’ around the detached break wall and boaters are permitted to watch the fireworks show on the north side of these buoys.
  • Both attached piers the one by Main Street Beach and the other by the lagoons beach will be off limits to spectators.
  • There will be no parking from Huron Street to Main Street Beach except for emergency vehicles only. This area will be blocked off for no parking
  • Thursday, June 13th @ midnight until after fireworks display is over @ 11pm on Friday, June 14th. Police will enforce this by towing your vehicle at owner’s expense.
    The fireworks display will be visible by personal boat on the Lake, Main Street Beach and Festival area.
  • Thank you in advance for understanding as we understand there maybe a few inconveniences.

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So get ready to get a real bang out of your summer!

Weekend Update: Vermilion Harbor Info and more.

By now you may have read stories about the Vermilion River so we thought we would give you the latest information available. There has been a lot of talk and articles in the newspaper about the condition of the entrance of the Vermilion Harbor.

We want to share with you the current status as of two weeks ago from the annual soundings that the Vermilion Port Authority takes:

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While it is true that there is an area to the west of the entrance that will need some attention, our boaters can rest at ease knowing that the river is indeed ready for boating. Of course you may want to go in and out via the east side of the break wall to avoid the area that has built up due to Super-Storm Sandy.

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We also know the City and Port Authority are working diligently to fund the maintenance of the river and they have a long track record of finding and obtaining grants.

We look forward to a great boating year and hope you do too. See you dockside!

Now Open Saturday and Sunday 10-4!

Dairy Dock Opens Today!

Oreo Flurrys are in the forecast for today! Dairy Dock returns under somewhat soggy conditions as Vermilion’s official kick off to spring opens today at 11am. Ice Cream aficionados will have to brave the elements today for their favorite Cones, Shakes and Flurrys as Mother Nature holds true the saying about “April Showers”.

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Despite the overcast skies, it is still a sure sign of sunny days ahead!

We hope to see you at the Double D!..