Romps Lake Erie Marina

Lake Erie's Family Fun Marina Since 1957

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Look at the bright-side..52 Days until launch.

Glass is always half full at your home-port!

Though it’s cold outside, and the ground is covered in a blanket of white, we here at your home-port choose to look beyond today to a better tomorrow! Even though the first day of launch is 52 days away, the acutal week docks go back in is only 4 or 5 weeks away (if Mother Nature chooses to cooperate).

Now is the time to get in ship shape…

What you can do in the meantime is take some simple steps. First of which is check your boats registration paperwork. Ohio’s Boat registrations all expire in March well before you even have a chance to get in the water. So don’t be that Captain who comes to the dock ready to go and then realizes he his ship isn’t ready to sail, do the paperwork now long before the sunny days arrive.

Also on your list should be to check your boat insurance as well as towing insurance. No matter how new your boat is, or what condition it is kept in, towing insurance is always recommended. For even the newest props and outdrives can fall prey to a rare log impact.  Why  not start the season worry free? Save the time during the sunny days for strictly playtime.

marina sunny day

And finally, wait for those launch orders which will be arriving in a few weeks. Chart a plan now of services you may need and when the time is right it will be much easier to remember all the items on your list.

For prevention is always better than cure….we can’t wait to see you dockside! Take care.

Saying goodbye to Laura “Peeps” Romp, a great lady..

Romp’s Co-Founder Laura “Peeps” Romp has passed.

With a heavy heart, we have a bit of sad news to share today as our co-founder and the grand matriarch of the Romp Family passed on peacefully February 1, 2018 at her home after a short illness. Laura (nee Schmitt), currently of Birmingham, AL was 96 years of age.

(Pictured above with her husband, business partner and marina co-founder Robb Romp, who preceded Laura in death. )
Laura was born July 15, 1921 in Berea, Ohio. She grew up on Cleveland’s West Side and Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
After graduating from North Olmsted High School she married the love of her life, Robb. In 1957 Laura and Robb purchased what is now Romp’s Water Port in Vermilion, Ohio. With the help of their two sons they developed the property into one of the best known marina’s on Lake Erie.
Laura loved boating and taking care of her family. She was a born caregiver. In the Fall of 1959 she helped establish the Vermilion Booster Club and became the first president. She was a past member of the Vermilion Boat Club and a member of the Vermilion, United Church of Christ, Congregational.
(Pic Below of the marina at time of purchase)
Laura and Robb moved to Eustis, Florida in 1970 but always spent time in Vermilion during the Summers. After the death of Robb in 1996 she returned to Vermilion and resided there until she moved to Birmingham, AL in 2011 to be closer to her son Tom’s family.
(Laura “Peeps Romp, below)
She is survived by her children, Tom and Martha Jane Romp of Birmingham, AL and Bill and Molly Romp of Vermilion, Ohio and Mount Dora, Florida; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
(Tom and Martha Jane on the left, Molly and Bill Romp on the right with Laura’s grandchildren)
She was preceded in death by her husband Robb N. Romp; her parents, Roland and Elsie Schmitt; and four brothers.
( Robb and Peeps, left –  Molly and Bill, right)


There will be a Memorial Service in Vermilion, Ohio announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to your local Hospice or to
The United Church of Christ Handicap Fund, 990 State St, Vermilion, Ohio, 44089.

Next Up, “R” Open House..and You!

Tis a bit chilly..but.

We all know that the cold weather outside now just makes us appreciate the warm that follows. Before you know it, we will start to think about putting boats in and hopefully forget all this single digit frigidness. In fact, here is a pic to help you think warm thoughts.

Sunset Romps

Winter’s a Bummer, Can’t wait till Summer!

So what can we do about this in the meantime? How about a little get together for all of our Captain’s and Crew to reassure us all of better days ahead.

Join us at Romp’s Open House (aka “Sunshine in January” Party) next weekend January 27 & 28 from 11am to 2pm. We will be serving Hot Dogs, & Ice Cream Sundaes (yes, Dairy Dock Ice Cream in the winter as we will have a machine up and running) and all your favorite beverages. Plus, door prizes every half hour and even a little Goody Bag full of treats.

So mark you  Calendar and join us for comradery and cheer!

Open House Romps 2


Open House 18

This too, shall pass… Plus New Year’s Resolutions you can keep!

Cold Start to a New Year…

We know this is quite the cold snap. But with every week, we also know we are one week closer to another boating season. Sure the weather may look dreary now, but just hang in there before long we will be right back in the swing of things.

So you need a New Years Resolution?

Instead of diet fads or unused memberships to the gym, how about one that will last all summer long and you can involve the whole family. This year make a resolution you can keep….. go boating!

Finally, one last chance to remind you that though it may be cold right now, it will soon be warm again!

Stay safe, stay warm, and stay excited about the boating season to come. Cheers!


Merry Christmas…”R” Ho-Ho-Holiday Schedule

Yule love time with family…

It’s that time of year again, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost etc, and we are very much looking forward, as we do every year, to spending some of that Christmas time with our family and friends.

But before we break out the eggnog, we better get you up to speed on what that means.

Starting Saturday Dec 16th we will be closed and will be taking a couple of weeks off, we will return on January 2nd.

We will still be in and out of the marina daily, so if you need us just email or call and leave a message and we will get back to your promptly.

We hope you get Gold, Frankincense, and so very much Myrrh!

Other then that we are ready to  make Merry and hope that you are too. We wish all of our Captain’s and Crew the very best this Christmas, and so many, many good things to come in the New Year!

So stay warm, stay safe and enjoy your time with family, we will see you next year!

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