From the “Stitch in Time” dept…
So the short days of Winter have started to show up along with some chilly temps at your home-port. Among the top questions we get this time of year is “What do you do in the winter, go to Florida?“.
Repair, Repaint, or Replace..
Florida? well, not exactly, in fact we are busy grinding, welding and painting docks, repairing boats and upgrading the marina in various ways from lighting to equipment repairs, and so much more.
You can see we really “Scrape” by…
Every year we take pride in getting the Marina ready for the next great boating season. As well as getting some of our captains in ship shape for the voyages ahead. Though we do take some time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the rest of the time we are right here at your home-port prepping for the days to come.
There’s a reason we’re thinking of next season…
So we hope this answers the question of what a marina does in the off-season. The answer is look forward to the ON season (as in ON THE WATER) . Thanks for stopping by!
Docks are out, and now is time we give Thanks!
Frost is on the ground, though no ice covers the channel yet, the skies are showing signs of the weather to come. The chilly cold remnants of fall are setting in as we are out and about putting the marina to bed for the winter. Next will be several weeks of maintenance as we have some repair work to do dockside, yet we are already thinking of next season.
Even though it’s dark earlier and earlier we try to remind ourselves it’s always darkest before the dawn and the sun never really sets on a great boating season.
As Cool Air and Seasonable Skies “Fall” in to Vermilion….
And, with Turkey Day coming up soon we have some schedule changes we would like to share with you.
The Marine Store/Office will be closed from the 19th through the 26th, for “R” Thanksgiving Vacation.
“R” Service Dept will be closed Wednesday through Sunday next week as we take our Thanksgiving Holiday and will be spending time with family.
Don’t worry, one of us is always 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 We Give Thanks….If we don’t see you before then, enjoy your family this Thanksgiving!
That’s a wrap, Gas Docks now closed for the season.
For everything there is a season, and as we enter November with all the boats on shore at your homeport it closes the book officially on the boating calendar for 2018.
So, with the winds howling, and the boats all prepped on land for their long winter naps, we have some changes to update you on dockside.
First and foremost is that the Gas Docks are now closed for the year. We thank everyone who supported us this year and can’t wait to get right back on the water in 2019, your business is very much appreciated.
“R’ hours and yours
Next up, our Store/Office hours will revert back to the winter schedule which is:
Monday – Tuesday -Thursday – Friday 10am to 4pm.
The Service Dept is open weekdays from 8 am to 5pm.
If you need to pay a bill, just give us a call, we can take your payment right over the phone.
Also note, if you are interested in dockage for 2019, just email us or call us and we can arrange to meet you any time that is convenient for you. During or after business hours. We are always right nearby.
We hope to see you dockside!
And then there was one….
As we get closer to wrapping up another week of pulling boats we wanted to make sure our Captain’s and Crew knew that our schedule will once again be changing with the seasons.
Last Call for Pull-Out and “R” Gas Docks…
If you still have not made your winter plans, this weekend will be the last for scheduling pull-out at Romps. We will be closed weekends starting November 3rd (still available weekdays). This weekend will also be the last weekend for “R” gas docks, so please plan accordingly. We will close the dock and begin Gas Dock disassembly the first week of November as we prepare the marina for the Winter ahead.
If you need help or have questions regarding pull-out we will be open this weekend from 9am to 5pm both days, and are happy to assist you.
You don’t want to be this guy….
For those of you still in the water, here is your….
Weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming light and variable.
Mostly sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 10 knots or less becoming southeast. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Cloudy.
Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…East winds 10 to 15 knots. Rain likely. Waves
1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming north 10 to
15 knots. Rain likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet,
then subsiding to 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY…North winds 10 knots or less becoming northwest.
Showers likely. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
Temps that go boo in the night…..
The real October has started to rear it’s true temps here at your homeport as another week of Pull-Out comes to a close. It can be a spooky time of year for Captain’s who have yet to make their winter plans.
No tricks, all treat at your homeport…
We are open both Saturday and Sunday for those Captains who need to stop by and get their Winter Storage plans in ship shape, as always we are happy to assist you. One important note to share, our dockside water will be turned off and winterized today as cold evening temps have brought the threat of freezing temps in the coming days ahead.
Of Ghosts and Goblins…
This weekend also marks the start to the Halloween season in Vermilion as various non-profit groups and businesses host Halloween related events. Even though the official Trick or Treat is not until the 31st, we wanted to get an early start on asking everyone to keep an eye out for costumed kidos as events are planned in town from the 19th (Family YMCA Halloween) 28th from (Quaker Steak) through the 31st ( full City), various links here and more here.
Scariest picture of all….
We hope to see you dockside!
Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Sunny this morning, then
becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 15 to 25 knots becoming west to
30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet building to 4 to
7 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
SATURDAY…West winds to 30 knots becoming northwest 15 to
25 knots. A chance of waterspouts. Showers likely with a chance
of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to
3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Northwest winds to 30 knots diminishing to
15 to 25 knots. A chance of waterspouts in the evening. Rain
showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening,
then rain showers likely overnight. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Waves
occasionally around 10 feet.
SUNDAY…Northwest winds 15 to 25 knots becoming southwest and
diminishing to 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to
1 to 3 feet