Recipe for a great Summer?

One part sun..add boat…rinse..repeat!

We know what your thinking, what is this, another great weekend forecast? And you would be correct, because it sure looks like Mother Nature has lined up another nice weekend here at your home-port. In fact, just ask our local celebrity chef..Bob M as he blends up a winner!

chef bob

What has 2 feet or less and no shoes?

The marine forecast, of course.  We will still get our part ready as the pool is prepped, and Dairy Dock still has all the delicious treats you will need to keep you cool. Or maybe just a nice day dockside with friends. It’s all here at your Family Fun Marina.

R susnet

Even our Magic 8 Ball says…Signs point to Romps.

Magic 8 Ball

So we have that going for us…. Now Your weekend forecast(NWS):
TODAY…Northwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Mostly
sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT...West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. Mostly
clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Mostly
sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming north. A
chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming southeast.
Waves 2 feet or less.

Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!

unclesam

243 is a lot of candles….

Happy Birthday America, you look great for any age; to the greatest country on earth we salute you. Freedom and Independence built this country and we hope you get a chance to enjoy a day of both here at your home-port this holiday!

Romps Flag

This land is your land…

And although Vermilion has already had its fireworks season during the Fish Festival, there will be more from nearby Huron or Cedar Point for you to view if traveling on the water this weekend. All we need is some favorable lake conditions. On another quick note, Vermilion Road is southbound only for travel to and from your family fun marina, so take note on this busy holiday.

Oh, and remember sunscreen!

bl_creature_pool2

Important Safety Notice:

As we all know the marina has docked hundreds of boats that are full of gasoline, our environment is not suited for any type of fireworks. So we ask that for the safety of all of our Captain’s, Crew, Guests and their property; that fireworks on Romp’s Property are strictly prohibited.

no fireworks

Your All American, Star Spangled,  Wednesday, Birthday, celebration forecast (NWS):

TODAY…West winds 10 knots or less becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds less than 10 knots becoming east.
Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
THURSDAY…Southeast winds less than 10 knots becoming
northeast. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the
afternoon. Waves 1 foot or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT…East winds less than 10 knots becoming south. A
chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 1 foot
or less.
FRIDAY
South winds less than 10 knots becoming west. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY
Northwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming northeast. A
chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day. Waves 1 to 3
feet.
SUNDAY
Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Waves
2 feet or less

Some days are good…Summer Way Better!

We’re bug’n

The circle of life has hit at your homeport, the very food our great fishing season depends on has arrived by wing as the MayFlys are here at last. While they can be a little anoying, they are a sign of a healthy lake and, more importantly, the food that next years Perch and Walleye depend on. Plus, their visit is short, just a day or so.
mayfly

Sometimes all you need is a little Vitamin Sea….

Have seen the weekend forecast? Let us show you a preview of coming attractions. Below is an image taken last night by our own Jeff B. We’re hoping it’s enough to “tide” you over until you can leave work and get dockside for your own sunset cruise.

 

Summer day

Did you know?

We thought you might also find this interesting, below you will find the importance of boating to Ohio’s economy. Boating and Lake Erie make up a sizable portion of our state’s income. As you can see that the majority of boat owners are not the rich and famous, but working class folk like us enjoying the great outdoors. Of course you will also notice the percent of Power Boats in the chart below,  a source of pride here at your family fun marina. From our friends at the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

 

Now onto the good news..

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…Light and variable winds. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms this afternoon. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…East winds less than 10 knots becoming south. Partly
cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 10 knots or less becoming southwest. Mostly
sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 knots or less. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY… West winds 5 to 10 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY... West winds 10 knots or less becoming north. Waves
1 foot or less.

Please note: Vermilion Road remains Southbound only, all Northbound traffic should use Baumhart Rd, or Rt 60 to Liberty Ave. Thanks!

It’s Officially Summer..Keeping it Reel.

Shell-abrate good times…

One can only hope that the soggy spring is behind us as tomorrow starts the official beginning to Summer and with it, we hope, a sunny disposition. Like this sunset from just this last Friday…

R sunset

You light up my life…

Here at your homeport we did manage to have a couple of winners in the Festival of the Fish boating contests. One of our favorites is the winner of the lighted boat parade, the Rini family and their festive Lyman luau boat, complete with hula dancers.

lyman luau

Now the Big Bang theory…

Our service department shared with us a cautionary example of what happens when a boat owner leaves boat batteries hooked up all winter, allow them to go completely dead then force a charge into them. Lets just say we are glad it worked out, fortunately no one was injured and R crew was able to get this boat back on the water with minimal damage.

We are always happy to check out batteries prior to launch, or better yet, have us store and install them for proper care. Take the worry out of boating

batts too

Another “We’re Hooked on Success” story…

Last but far from least, here is yet another example of what happens when you have hard work, determination, a boat, and plenty of worms; all summed up in a pic. Below is a successful day Walleye fishing from the Ferut gang. As you can see there was some heavy lifting to do, plus the expense of extra tartar sauce loomed heavy after this day on the lake. Congrats!.. and thanks for sharing.

Ferut fishing at romps marina

Your weekend forecast (NWS)

TODAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north. Showers
with a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 feet. 
TONIGHT...North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 10 to
15 knots. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the
evening. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet. 
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 10 knots or less becoming north. Sunny.
Waves 2 feet or less. 
FRIDAY NIGHT...East winds 10 knots or less. Partly cloudy. Waves
1 foot or less.

 

Of Perch and Pageants…Festival of the Fish weekend arrives!

The fuse is lit on a great forecast…

Sure we like to get a little “punny” with the firework references but why not get excited because this weekend brings with it a festival complete with fireworks!

fireworks vermilion

You…. light up my life…Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

Fish Festival

The Fish Festival arrives this weekend and with it fireworks off of Vermilion’s breakwall. Both of these events are brought to you by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce which can be found here on the web, and here on facebook. Their will be many festivities downtown on Mainstreet as visitors and locals alike take in the festival celebrating Lake Erie’s Fishing bounty. In fact, it even comes with a Crazy Craft race and a lighted boat parade. Details at the links above.

What this means for your whole crew is a great opportunity to view fireworks from your boat. Now their will be some river traffic considerations to be aware of. If your planning on boating Friday after dusk you should take the time to read the announcement below.

From the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce:

Vermilion Boaters, Visiting Boaters, Vermilion Marina’s and Vermilion Community important safety announcement for 2019 Festival of the Fish Fireworks temporary River Closure June 14th⚓️ please read!!!

On June 14th 2019 the Festival of the Fish Committee will be hosting fireworks on the detached break wall at the entrance to the Vermilion River. Due to the safety of this event we are asking spectators and boaters to take a look at the map 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 11:00pm or later. 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 Lagoon Beach will be off limit to spectators.

fireworks too

And we haven’t even gotten to the best part, Fishing on Lake Erie is at an all time best… (pic curtesy of Jayne H.)

Jayne fishing

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west 15 to 25
knots late. A chance of showers with isolated thunderstorms this
morning, then showers with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon.
Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 15 to 25 knots. Showers in the evening,
then a chance of showers overnight. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to
3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest. Sunny.
Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet. Waves occasionally
around 6 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to
15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers overnight. Waves 2 feet or
less.
Saturday...SW wind 14 to 18 kt, with gusts as high as 27 kt. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Waves around 2 ft.
Saturday Night…SSW wind 9 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
Sunday…SW wind 8 to 10 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Waves around 1 ft.

We’re hooked on June!…

First up, Cops and Bobbers…

With the Summer just starting and only the second weekend of June coming up, we want all of our Captain and crews to be stay safe on the water. Emphasis this time of year with various law enforcement will be safety checks for proper equipment and life jackets; but also with a keen eye out for impaired boaters. Alcohol coupled with high temps can lead to accidents which may otherwise be avoided. So be safe out there, and know that you can stop by our local Vermilion Police Boat when officers are present and they will perform a safety check free of charge so you are well prepared for Summer fun.

Because Sun days are meant to be fun days…

marina dock

Stop wishing, Start Fishing

This already has been a season for the ages with some very big walleye seen in coolers all around the marina. Case in point… Look at this whopper.

walleye
Fishing has been so good, that we are now accidentally catching them with our travel lift (see below)… Don’t worry we put him right back in the water, and he swam away unharmed.
fish travel lift
Keep ’em Afloat… 

Romp’s Lake Erie Marina recently asked for donations of life jackets for YMCA Kids Day Camp, and within two days every kid had a jacket donated. We would like to thank the following for their generous support.

Ferrry Legal LLC, William Ferry, Westlake Ohio
ACC Adult Home Care, Melva Sherwood, Vermilion
Bulan’s Boatyard, Eileen Bulan, Vermilion
Julie Mac, Vermilion
Joyce Sherwood, Vermilion
plus Vita Plate Distributors, for discounted pricing on jackets.
We are also happy to contribute to this great cause. Thanks so much everyone.

kid life jacket

“R” hours and yours..

Just an FYI our Ships Store and Office are now open 8am to 7pm every day of the week. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to closing if you are coming for fuel. We hope to see you dockside..

Your Weekend Forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Patchy fog this morning.
Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming east 15 to
20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to
4 feet.
SATURDAY…East winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast. Sunny.
Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet. Waves occasionally
around 6 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…East winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to
3 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
SUNDAY…East winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

Somethings Fishy at your homeport….

From the “R” orange cones are better then theirs dept..

First up, we wanted all of our Captains and Crew to be aware that Vermilion Road (Right next to Dairy Dock) is southbound only for road repair and resurfacing. This will effect all inbound folks who use this path from Route 90/2. So beware the orange cones.

dd cones

Instead we want you to know you can still come by Baumhart Rd, Sunnyside Rd, and Route 60 north to Liberty Ave.

Onto the Splish to the Splash of it….

walleye

Spare the rod, spoil the reel..

That said, we are back in action here at your home-port as the season’s fishing has seen some great catches. Here’s a keeper Caught by Jay Telzrow. (10 Pound) while aboard Dick McDermott’s boat, Marilee II. May 24, 2019. One m. west of V. 26′

We hope to see you dockside!

This could be you...

Your weekend weather forecast (NWS):
.TODAY…Light and variable winds. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms early, then showers and thunderstorms from late
morning on. Waves 1 foot or less.
.TONIGHT...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming east. Sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest.
Mostly clear. Waves 1 foot or less.

Memorial Weekend Arrives…Prop-paring you for the good news!

With gratitude, we remember…

First we start with remembering and honoring all the brave souls who died in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from battle. We are truly grateful.

Now we get to celebrate and enjoy the very freedom so many have fought so hard for.

Anchor yourself right here this weekend!

Of course with the official start to the boating season we have some news to share, the Marina Store/Office will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8am to 6pm. Followed May 27th, when our weekday hours will be 9am to 6pm. The pool opens this weekend from 10am to 5:45pm, the pool will be weekends only until June 8th.

Putter Port will also open this weekend from 11am to 10pm. Please note that Putter Port will also be weekends only until School lets out.

Putter Port

Prop-paring you for the good news….

Have you seen the weekend forecast? It looks like Summer had finally arrived!

Your Weekend Forecast (NWS):

TODAY…Northwest winds 10 knots or less becoming east. Sunny
this morning, then becoming partly sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest.
Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest.
Showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 10 knots or less becoming north.
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Waves 2 feet or less.

Live…Love…Launch!

We’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day!

Finally, after days and days of soggy conditions the Sun came out and helped us get a great week of launch in. The marina is filling up and more captains are headed toward the water with every passing day.

launchNo need for an appointment to see the Dock… 

That said, there are still have several boats under shrinkwrap who may need some help, and that’s where we come in. Just stop by the ships store and let us help you fill out a launch order and get your ship in shape of the season ahead. Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it.

"R" docks

Moor often then knot…

Speaking of weekends, The weekend forecast looks great, here’s hoping that we finally have moved on from the wet season and can start to work on our tan lines at your favorite Lake Erie Marina. Also, for those looking for our LINKS page, it has been moved to here.. https://romps.com/about-us/resources/
Our Links/Resources page now includes a link to the Vermilion Ohio Lake Erie Camera at Main Street Beach. We hope you have a chance to check it out.

boat helm

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
THURSDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming south.
Sunny in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Waves 1 foot or
less.
THURSDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to
15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers
likely with a chance of thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or
less.
FRIDAY…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. Waves 2 feet
or less.
SUNDAY
South winds 10 to 15 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms Sunday night. Waves 2 feet or less.

Oh, the World Wide Web We Weave…”R” Internet Journey

The times, they’re a changing…

Just like the cartoon of Sherman and Mr. Peabody, we like to get into our own version of the Wayback Machine as we update our web presence here at Romps.com. With required updates to our website this week (making viewing it more secure) we thought it would be fun to take a look back all the way to 1996 with the first Romps.com and beyond.

The World Wide Web that we weave….

Above you can see Romps.com v. 1.0. This would be our basic site for another three or four years and served us well. The docks actually bounced when you put your mouse over them.  One mistake we would later regret was having our email in plain text on the surface. A lot of spam came our way.

Next up was Version 2.0 pictured below.

rwp v2

We stuck with this site from the late 90’s to the early 2000’s.

Around 2003 we shifted gears and styles with a fresh paint job and Romps.com v. 3.0 (below) was born. This site was actually done by a graphic artist we found online in Germany of all places. The images rotated every second in the pic on the right.

Of course v. 4.0 (below) was next, with Bloging/News added to the front page. This was in May of 2013.

Next on deck was v/ 5.0, our personal favorite. The fish in the background swam as you scrolled down and a worm on a hook would drop down as well. This site served us from 2014 until 2016. But sadly, the author of the page template no longer offered updates.

Which led to v. 6.0 in 2017… And a more back to basics approach. This site was easier for phone and tablets to view.

Then v. 7.0 for 2018. Why the switch so soon? Well, the new requirements of internet safety have us using a more secure system to display our content for you. Notice the “Secure” feature in the address bar. This will become more important for small businesses sharing information like ours in the future.

Finally, version 8.0, our current version. We enlisted the help of a Ohio based Silver City Design to better arrange our information and make it phone and tablet friendly. We hope moving forward you get a chance to look us over and ask “Where would your boat like to spend the summer“.

R website 2019

 

We hope you enjoyed our brief trip down memory lane and look forward to you stopping back here often for news and updates.

Till then, we hope to see you dockside!