This Christmas give your captain a gift that will really float his boat!

We know what your thinking, the boats are out and cold weather is here to stay. To that we say there is no better time then to start planning next summer! What if you could give the someone you love the gift of the great outdoors, of family activity and an escape from the stresses of life.

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You can! Instead of buying a gift that your captain or crew member will open and be done with, or worse yet have to return, get them a Romp’s Gift Card! It works similar to a pre-paid visa in that you get a credit card sized gift card that you can use for the following:

  • * Dockage and Winter Storage
  • * Gas and pump-out services
  • * Beer, Pop, Ice, Snacks, and Romper Room Food!
  • * Putter Port Passes (purchased through our store with no extra fees)
  • * Dairy Dock Ice Cream Tokens (purchased through our store with no extra fees)
  • * Service on your boat including launch, pull-out, tune-ups, oil changes, even electronics rigging.
  • * Guest passes for the pool.
  • * Safety Gear, flares, life jackets etc.
  • * Boating cleaners and supplies.
  • * Most anything we sell!*

With no extra fees! That’s right a $25 gift card costs $25, a $50 gift card $50, and so on. You name the amount, we load the card, add a boat and some water, mix in some warm weather and stir; wa-laa! Smiles ensue! The card holder can use all of the amount at once or a little at a time.

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So this Christmas give the gift that will continue to put a smile on your captains face all year long. The gift of boating.

(*Some restrictions apply, all purchases have to be made at Romp’s marine store/office, please contact Romp’s for more details. Romp’s Gift Cards are good only at Romp’s Water Port, Inc.)

Thank you Veterans!… We know freedom is not free.

As we go about slowly preparing the marina for the winter months ahead, we want to stop and take a minute to thank all of our Veterans out there. We are truly grateful for your service to our country.

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We know a lot of our Captains and crew have served and show their pride in both attire they wear and with pride by the various service flags flown from their ships masts.

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Our eternal thanks as we continue to enjoy the freedoms your service provides!

On a side note, we will be closed this weekend as we start our winter schedule. Our Winter Hours are listed here. If you would like information about a dock for the 2017 season just give us a call or email us, we can schedule an appointment to meet you most any time during, or even after hours if needed. Have a great weekend!

 

Wind, Waves, and Woollybears….Your weekend forecast.

The Vermilion Woollybear Festival and Parade takes place this weekend downtown. Visitors to the festival 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.

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For full WoollyBear info and schedules visit VermilionOhio.com

Our boaters should know that the marina will be accessible throughout, there will be members of the local Soccer Club parking cars for the public here on the property. This will not effect Romp’s Lake Erie Marina 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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Did you know that the thickness of the rings on the Woollybear is said to predict the severity of the winter?While we wait for the official Woolly Worm forecast, here’s the official one from the National Weather Service, (hint: Bundle up, it could be a cool one)

Your weekend forecast:

TODAY
EAST WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KNOTS.
SHOWERS WITH A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. WAVES 2 TO 4 FEET
BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FEET.
TONIGHT
EAST WINDS 15 TO 25 KNOTS. SHOWERS WITH A CHANCE OF
THUNDERSTORMS. WAVES 3 TO 5 FEET.
FRIDAY
EAST WINDS 15 TO 25 KNOTS. SHOWERS WITH A CHANCE OF
THUNDERSTORMS. WAVES 3 TO 5 FEET SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FEET.
FRIDAY NIGHT
EAST WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHEAST 5 TO
15 KNOTS. SHOWERS LIKELY WITH A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. WAVES
1 TO 3 FEET.
SATURDAY
SOUTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTH. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SHOWERS LIKELY. WAVES 2 FEET OR LESS.
SUNDAY
SOUTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS BECOMING WEST. SHOWER LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. WAVES 1 FOOT OR LESS.

 

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.

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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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