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.)

Happy Birthday USA!..How Boating Gave Birth to a Nation.

Thankfully, everyone gets a nice end of the week break to spend time with family and friends as we celebrate our country’s birth, so we thought we would remind all how boating played a key role in shaping this nation.

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In fact, boats and boating are part of the American fabric. It took some sturdy wood for Columbus to land in the new world and get credit for discovering our continent.

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Even our founding fathers got in the act using rowboats to move an army and catch the British off guard, helping give birth to our Democracy. Of course this is but one example of America’s illustrious nautical history.

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Why just a couple of years ago we were celebrating the Bicentennial of The Battle of Lake Erie where Commodore Perry outmaneuvered and out-gunned an opponent with superior numbers, forever reminding us that you “Don’t Give Up The Ship”, ever.

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So you see this 4th of July as we enjoy the time off and celebrate our Nation’s Birth, doing it with a boat would only be the historically correct thing to do. Enjoy!

Special Notice: Due to safety factors such as proximity to fuel, fireworks of any kind are strictly prohibited at Romp’s.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Captains and Crews!

We would like to wish all of our captains and crews a very safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday. We certainly are thankful for all we have been blessed with this past boating season, and look forward to many more to come.

(below: the first Romps Thanksgiving imagined)

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We will be closed Wednesday through Sunday this week to spend time with our families. We will be in and out of the marina throughout the holiday so if you need assistance please feel free to call or email us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Enjoy!

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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On the waterfront…Where work meets play!

What if we told you, you could work and play in the same exact location. Well here’s your chance. Romp’s now has office space available right on the river front.

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Above is the view from the office entrance, which includes a spacious deck.

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The inside of the office has just been reconditioned with new carpet and paint. Office size is 400 sg. ft. and includes a bathroom , water, electric, and gas. Private parking for one car provided with additional public spots as well.

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The office comes with two closets with lots of open space and lighting. Within walking distance to downtown Vermilion, including many fine restaurants and shops.

So don’t miss out on a once in a decade opportunity get in on the only spot in town where you can work, then walk outside right onto where play begins. Call us for pricing and other terms and conditions. We hope to see you dockside!

River update…We’re still on duty at your home port.

It’s a wrap – This is the last river related update (unless it is absolutley needed). We will return to normal posting this week as the water and flow continue to subside. Here is a wrap up and forecast from NOAA

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9:18 am – Conditions are improving, flow is still gradually slowing and water levels in our area have returned to normal. We will remain today in case one of the two ice jams moves, but are cautiously optimistic that the current threat could be over by late afternoon as forecast.

Current Pic

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EDIT: 5:33 am – No new news, which is good news. We remain vigilante. Will post a pic at first light.

EDIT 2:57am – Conditions remain the same. The river remains within its banks at our position, and the current remains strong but is in a very gradual decline in both volume and height. We’ll keep you posted.

EDIT 12:30 – Water levels are in a very gradual decline at the moment. Current flow is 31,100cfs which is down from a high 24hrs ago of 38,200cfs. Here is the latest USGS levels.

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EDIT: 7:26 – Conditions once again are the same. The river is still in its banks despite a very heavy volume. We will keep you posted but it is too dark to take pictures at this point. We will remain at the ready and keep our fingers crossed.  Check back for details.

EDIT 4:00pm – Conditions remain the same. The river is still in its banks at our position. The volume has now dropped to 33,300cfs (source USGS), which is still extremely high yet is headed in the right direction. In a brief moment of levity here is a pic of the river, notice the seagulls are now content to ride the ice down stream. We’re in for another long night, we’ll keep you posted.

Pic from 4:00pm

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EDIT 2:00pm – Status update: River level unchanged, flow now registered at 34,600cfs at 1pm (Source USGS) down from a high of 38,200cfs at midnight. Though well above the comfort zone of below 16,000. So it’s still running strong and still in the banks at our location. The edge of the ice below is beat up from up and down motion.

Pic from 2:00pm

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EDIT 12:08 am, river conditions unchanged. The flow is running very rapid so please do not approach for pictures or viewing.  The main ice sheet in front of the marina set sail, and we’ll keep an eye on river moving forward as more debris and ice will soon follow. Check back.

Pics from 12:08

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EDIT: 10:00 am, river conditions unchanged. The flow is still at a torrid pace but the levels at our position remain in the banks. Our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors in the river community who are dealing with these difficult circumstances. The ice has not cleared and still presents a danger to all aspects of the river. Please do not sight see near the water, it puts you and our town’s safety forces at unnecessary risk. We’ll keep you posted.

River at 10am Sat 22nd:

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The time is currently 7:02 am and the Vermilion River is still running strong at this point. We have been here since 7am Friday monitoring the situation. There has been flooding south of our location in the Mill Hollow area and other low lying areas beyond that. Currently, even though the flow is very strong, the river remains in its banks at our location. We are keeping our fingers crossed and will update folks as time allows.

Here is a current pic of the marina and river

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Important: Please use extreme care if visiting the area and do not approach the running river. It would be extremely difficult to render assistance to anyone who fell into the water at this point, and would place Vermilion’s safety forces in grave danger. Site seeing is not worth the risk.

Happy Valentine’s Day…to the one that really floats your boat!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy St. Valentine’s Day this Friday. As everyone knows that there is nothing more romantic then long sunset cruises on Lake Erie during those great summer evenings, you will have to remind your significant other that the boating season is not that far off.

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In a couple more weeks,  there will be plenty of time to start planning those great times together outdoors with loved ones. Maybe you can get them some flowers or candy as a reminder such as these.

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Either way, we know that it’s a good time for couples to show their appreciation for each other and wish everyone a great day. After all it was the Beatles that said, “Love is all you need”, and who are we to disagree with that, Enjoy!

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This Christmas give the gift of boating!

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.

148621_10151322253335155_1305595473_n

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)
  • * Dairy Dock Ice Cream Tokens (purchased through our store)
  • * 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; walaa! 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 good only at Romp’s Office/Store/Gas Dock/Service Dept)

Get hooked on Vermilion’s Festival of the Fish

ffish2This weekend has a lot of fun on tap. First we have three days of merriment at Vermilion’s own Festival of the Fish presented by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

The fun starts with Fireworks Friday night, then follows with a weekend featuring fun food and booths of all type, a parade with Fire Trucks, a crazy craft race, and a lighted boat parade.

Plus you can actually avoid the bait and waiting for the bites and just buy a perch sandwich right at the festival!

Then, of course, we can’t forget Dad. Romp’s dockers stop by dockside and buy dear ole’ Dad a Romps Famous Cheeseburger hot of the grill. And we’re not talking gas or propane, but old fashion charcoal like Dad used to make. Sunday the 16th at 11:30 till the coals get cold, in the Romper Room.

For a full schedule visit Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

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Start Safe this year!

With Memorial Weekend fast approaching we are still in full launch mode here at the marina as we get the last of the boats in the water. One of the things you notice when you launch 250 or so boats is that many captains need to review their gear and most importantly their safety equipment.

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With that in mind we have asked our good friend and Vermilion Power Squadron officer Bob Moss to lend a hand this Saturday. Bob is going to provide free safety inspections to make sure you and your crew start the season out in the best way possible. So check in Saturday between 10am – 2pm, and get your vessel all checked out.

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After all the best captains are the ones who don’t rely on luck! See you dockside!