What’s up Dock?

Temps are dropping with the leaves at your home-port….

There is no such thing as an Indian Summer this year on the waterfront. Another good reason to make sure your pull-out plans are in order early, as you never know when the cold and freezing temps will stop by for a visit.

snow early

It’s Just Snow Early for this stuff….

After several days of rough weather we did catch a break in the last couple of days and have started to take the docks out as they migrate to shore for their long winter’s nap.

 

crane and docks

“R” Winter Hours..

With Winter firmly on the way, we have scaled back our store hours. We are Open Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 10am to 3pm in the store/office, and 8am to 5pm daily in service. If you need help or would like to talk about docks for the 2020 season, just call or email us. We can meet you most anytime after hours at your convenience.

docks out

That’s a wrap, winter hours edition…

That’s a wrap, Gas Docks now closed for the season.

For everything there is a season, and as we enter November with most of the boats on shore at your home-port it officially closes the book  on the boating calendar for 2019. We will still be pulling some boats as we have about two dozen to finish next week, but wanted you to know “R” hours are changing with the seasons.

gas dock closed

 

So, with the winds howling, and the boats prepped on land for their long winter naps, we have some changes to update you on dockside.

pull-out

With the Gas Docks now closed we would like to 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 3pm.

The Service Dept is open weekdays from 8 am to 5pm. If you need assitance or would like to pay a bill just give us a call, we can take credit cards right over the phone.

boats out

Last Call for Fall Haul….

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.

Boat docks

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 have a full week ahead, but will still be pulling and servicing boats into the following week. This weekend the Gas Docks and Pump-out will be available, so please plan accordingly.

This is the last weekend for the Gas Dock, it will be closed and disassembled the following week. We will be closed weekends after this weekend, but will be open Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri starting in November.

gas docks

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, and also have a Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

So hurry, you don’t want to be this guy….

frozen boat

For those of you still in the water, here is your….

Weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…East winds 10 knots or less becoming northwest. Cloudy.
Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast.
Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. Waves
1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…East winds 5 to 15 knots. Showers in the afternoon.
Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming south.
Showers. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 5 to
15 knots. A chance of showers during the day. Waves 2 to 4 feet
subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.

Lets give them pumpkin to talk about…

Temps that go boo in the night…..

The real October has started to rear its 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.

scary tower

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 may be turned off and winterized in the coming weeks as cold evening temps have brought the threat of freezing temps in the coming days ahead. So plan ahead as the temps fall with the leaves.

Fall leaves

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 (South Shore Shopping Halloween) through the 31st ( full City).

Halloween

Scariest picture of all…. Now is the time to get ready, long before the “S” word arrives!

snow boats

We hope to see you dockside!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming light and variable.
Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Light and variable winds becoming southeast 5 to
10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Waves
2 feet or less.

 

Pull-Out Season; a good reason… to get ready.

We’re still Fall’n For it.

What a week it has been, one minute we are wearing shorts and basking in the Sun and the next we are putting on some extra layers as the temps take a nose dive. In between we have been able to get more boats out and ready for their long winter’s nap.

boat in lift

We’re not pulling your leg; just your boat…..

So you’ve been waiting till just the right moment to make plans for your winter storage needs. We’re here to help. Stop in and and let us go through the whole process with you making sure nothing is missed and best of all, a hassle free pull-out. We are open both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm we would be more then happy to assist you with any question of concern you may have.

fall sky

The Sun will come out tomorrow, but the next day, well…..

After all the best time prepare the boat for the cold is when it is still warm.

You don’t want to be this guy….

frozen boat

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Mostly
sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast. Partly
cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves
2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west
15 to 20 knots. Showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest. A
chance of showers during the day. Waves 3 to 6 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Waves 3 to 6 feet.

 

 

Time to Grin and Woolly-bear it….

This weekend could be a “Bear”, and that’s a good thing.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Woollybear Festival arrives in Vermilion and with it some cooler temps for boaters.

wooly

For those of you unfamiliar with the Woollybear festival it started as a small project of Dick Goddard involving the forecasting of winter, and grew over the years to nearly 100,000 folks visiting our little town.  The Woollybear Caterpillar is said to be a great predictor of the upcoming winter season. The thicker the coat, and varied dimensions of the Woollybears rings the harsher the winter and then again the lighter the coat and coloring the fairer the cold conditions are said to be.

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Of course it’s more then just about bugs, there will be entertainment, food stuffs and all kinds of family friendly activity throughout the downtown.

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This all takes place Sunday the 6th.

What this means for Romp’s Dockers

Not much will change here at Romp’s. You still will be able to access the marina like usual, and your dockside parking will not be affected. There will be kids out front of the marina parking cars for Vermilion Soccer club. They will let any marina dockers pass without issue.

The only thing you need concern yourselves with will be traffic. There will be a lot of folks coming into town, and a parade at mid-day closing downtown. So if your coming out to the boat, our suggestion is come early and avoid the rush.  More on Woolybear activities here…@ http://vermilionchamber.net/

That said the forecast could be a mix for both Bears and Boaters.

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

REST OF TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west and
increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Patchy fog late this morning. A
slight chance of showers late this morning, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms early this afternoon. A slight chance
of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest. A chance
of showers. Waves 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast 10 to
15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to
4 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming east.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY…Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming south. A
chance of showers Saturday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to
2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 10 to
15 knots. Showers likely during the day, then a chance of showers
Sunday night. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet, then
subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.

 

What you really Autumn know…

Is Summer better than autumn? That’s a fall-acy.

Okay, so the Summer Season has officially ended what with near 90 degree temps last weekend. That is how you go out with fond memories. Despite much of our staff headed back toward educational pursuits, we were very excited to have all the activity dockside. Now this weekend is already shaping up into a cooler, yet seasonably pleasant forecast. One that could be perfect for, say, a soup night.

Fall skies

“Fall”-O us….

Of course this coming week will also be the very first week of Pull-Out and so if you haven’t given the process a thought. Now is the time for captains to start planning, and we are here to help.

clean bottom

Pull-Pull-Pull the boat, gently spray with steam….

With Pull-Out season arriving, we thought we would get you started with a check list of sorts. We recommend the following steps to get you started in the right direction

  • First off, now is the time to Complete and Turn in your Oil Change order (last call this week)R oil change
  • Then Complete Pull-Out order and carefully check services you require (Need help? Please stop in and let us assist you or help answer your questions.)
  • Important step: Circle the week you would like pulled out of the water (so we can get you scheduled).
  • Please Indicate if you need to be present (though you do not need to)
  • Also, please label Keys with your name and turn into office (or indicate where we might find them if elsewhere)
  • Inspect your cradle or jacks for repairs that may be needed (for those without trailers)
  • Then drop off your trailer the weekend prior to your pull-out date, please remember to put your name on the front of your trailer (we get alot of trailers dropped off)
  • Then Pump out your head (toilet) (very important that it is as empty as possible)
  • Your Gas tank should be at 3/4 full. (too little gas leads to condensation and too much may lead to venting)
  • Check your battery’s charge (just make sure the boat starts).
  • It is best to remove all non-essential materials/electronics from boat (best to be stored in dry warm environment)
  • Please provide engine access (sometimes there are so many items stored on the engine hatch that work has to be delayed)
  • Check your tie lines so they may be removed (any screws or elaborate knotting can cause issues)
  • Please empty your dock box so we may store it for the winter

Do it yourself(ers)

  • This is very important: Draining of oil should be done into proper containers then sealed and cannot go into the trash, or dumpster, please see us for proper handling and disposal.
  • Use EPA/environmentally approved products (especially antifreeze).

That should get you started. If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to ask, we here to help every day from 9am to 5pm, including Saturday and Sunday if you would like to stop by.

plan ahead

We hope to see you dockside!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
REST OF TODAY…West winds 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3
feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest less than
10 knots. Clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 10 to 15 knots. Sunny in the morning, then
becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest.
Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming northeast. A
chance of showers. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southeast. Waves 1 to
3 feet.

 

We’re So-fish-ticated…..

Hook, Line, and Thinker…

So the kids are back in school, and maybe all the after school activities have you running around the county. Well, we have just the thing you need to slow down and relax. How about a day on the lake with just a hook in the water?

Fish cooler

Something’s fishy in Vermilion…

As anglers have stopped to get fuel at Romp’s Gas Docks, we know the walleye have been monsters this year, yet we are starting to see a little more perch in their coolers. That is a good sign for both the folks who love to eat perch and tarter sauce sales. Now may be the time to get the rod and reel out and fill some coolers of your own.

By the way what did one fish say to the other?
Keep your mouth shut and you’ll never get caught.

jaws

Free Sunsets…Just add water.

Or maybe fishing isn’t your angle, there are plenty of free sunsets left to enjoy, as well as a Lake that is still near 70 degrees. Put that together with a forecast in the mid 80’s and we have another great weekend on tap at your Family Fun Marina.

For folks starting to think Pull-Out, oil change orders are out and being completed this week and next. If you would like to put your boat to bed with fresh oil, please let us know. Our crew would be happy to get your service taken care of. We have additional Oil Change orders in the store if you need assistance.

R oil change

We hope to see you dockside at our Lake Erie Marina.

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Sunny.
Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. Mostly clear.
Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Mostly sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…South winds 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves
1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south and
increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day,
then showers likely Sunday night. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Late Summer has us hanging with our grill friends.

How to avoid pier pressure.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that in “R” news this week.

Of course with much of our staff back to school Dairy Dock is closed for the season. We thank everyone for a terrific 2019 and all the support. Double D will be back before you know it. Also, the gas docks will be self serve during the week, including pump-outs, so please plan accordingly. We will have staff here on weekends if you need assistance.

Now on to the good news, the weatherman has issued a SPF alert for this weekend with temps near 80 or better for both weekend days. The picture below was taken this week; what a flat lake.

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What has one foot (or less) and no socks?

Your weekend forecast. Sunday looks like a great day to get out on the lake and take the boat for a trip. The water is still warm enough to enjoy a dip at the beach. It should be the best of both worlds this weekend with pleasant temps and sunny days. You can go out and get that last big walleye.

sunset

Or just hang out at the dock with your grill friends…

Sunrise marina

It’s ABOAT time…

We all deserve a little more Summer..Here’s hoping you get yours at Romp’s lake erie marina. We hope to see you dockside.

Your weekend Forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Northwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming northeast 15 to
20 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms early, then a
slight chance of showers late this morning. Waves 2 feet or less
building to 3 to 5 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming east. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming south. Showers
and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet
subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west.
Showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. Waves
1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet, then subsiding to 2 feet or
less.
SUNDAY…South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest. Waves
1 foot or less.

 

 

“R” Hours and yours…The Fall Schedule.

The times are a changing…

Well it was a pretty good run, but with the passing of Labor Day Weekend and much of our staff headed off to school we also want to pass along information about “R” fall schedule.

"R" hours

First, up Putter Port is now closed for the season. We thank all those who stopped by and enjoyed their time with us. We really appreciate the support! Please note that the Pools last day is Sept 8th.

Next up, our store/gas dock hours will revert to the fall schedule as well: Store/Office/Gas Dock open 9-5 daily.

Dairy Dock Closes soon…

DD hours

Also, the Dairy Dock will be wrapping up operations as September 8th will be the last day of the season for the stand. We really thank everyone who visited the dock this year, we are very grateful for your business.

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So we hope to see you dockside!