Out to Launch… A look ahead.

How to make a splash this Spring…

Well, despite the weather, we have the first boat in the water! The upside is that it this is just the start and a good sign of things to come for the beginning of Launch Season.

romps first boat 2018

Launch Season is here, and it’s a Shore thing…

With launch, we have started to get the marina ready for the upcoming season. Dock Boxes are headed out, and tables will soon follow.  As soon as the temps get consistently above freezing we will get the dockside water turned on as well.  The current forecast has temps warming by mid-week so there is a good chance that we can turn the water on this coming week.

Kids B

Here’s where you come in…

It’s still early yet, but you can do several things to make sure your launch goes smoothly. First check your Ohio registration stickers, those expired March 1st. It is much easier to put them on before your boat goes in. Next is go through your launch order and make sure you have checked services needed, added a launch date, and if you have any questions or need help just Contact Us. We are here to help.

weekends

Finally, we are now open both Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 3pm if you need assitance or are looking for a place for your boat to spend the summer! We hope to see you dockside at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina.

Have an Egg-Cellent Easter !

And a hoppin’ good Spring!

Here’s wishing all of our Captain’s and Crew a very Egg-citing easter weekend. We hope you enjoy your time with family and friends. Our office/store will be open for every bunny looking to find a dock for the summer, so we hope you Hop on in!

Put a little Spring in your step!

Of course launch orders have been sent out and we hope you have received yours. Please take time to review your service needs and let us know if we can help you fill out the order or answer any questions you may have.

Docks are in so those coming by water can arrive anytime. Please note for current dock holders: Romp’s does not provide steps or corner platforms, if your dock has items left on the dock from previous owners, or you feel items may be an obstacle and need removed, just let us know. For those folks attaching items, please contact us for guidelines so you do not damage your dock (drilling/fastening into the steel is prohibited).

We are always happy to help out.

Hop on over to Double D..

For Dairy Dock fans the beginning April means it’s that time of year.  We have tentatively slated April 12th for Opening Day. Now this could change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, so check back here for updates.

Have an Egg-ceptional Easter Weekend from your friends at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!

Romps Eggs

We hope you March on in!

Docks start their natural migration back to water…

The sun is out, albeit it is a bit cool, yet we have had a great week here at your home-port putting the docks in as we take another step closer to Launch Season.

sunrise at Romps

We’re making a splash…

With every passing day the marina starts to look like the boating season is just around the corner. Note that even though it may take awhile before we can turn dockside water on due to freezing temps, dockside electric is on.

Dock boxes will start to be delivered in the next week. Boaters should also start to receive their launch orders as they go out today.

romps gas docks

The gas docks are in, but the gas pumps have not been hooked up yet, so stay tuned for updates as we work toward getting things back in order.

From the “You can never be too prepared” Dept….

Ohio State Watercraft will be offering a FREE one-day Ohio Boating Education Course this Saturday, March 24, from 9am to 5pm. There are multiple courses all over the state. Preregistration is required visit  http://bit.ly/2FeiFBD for details.

boat safety

Luck of the Irish…We’re seeing green!

Shamrock and Roll at your home-port….

So St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and what better way to ring in the weekend but with a bit O’ wee good news. The docks are going in at your family fun marina!

romps docks in water

So that is something to celebrate as it is the first step of many towards spring, then onto summer! Before you know it the place will really be green like this pic of our gas docks from our summer’s past below —-\/

Romps gas docks

Who’s your paddy?

So if you see a leprechan this weekend and get a wish, make sure it’s one the brings some spring like weather… Oh buoy, we can’t wait.

St. Patricks Day at Romps

Now open Saturday’s from 10am to 3pm, we hope to see you dockside!

Flaky start to March… It’s quite an OAR-deal!

Snow kidding….

Don’t worry about the light coating of white stuff on the lawn, we are in the home stretch as far as Winter is concerned with the official start to Spring slated for 20 March 2018. You know what that means; very soon docks will start to make a splash at your home-port.  (last year in March pictured below)

Romps docks Launch

Live, Love, Launch..

Once the docks go in, the Launch Orders will start arriving at a mailbox near you. As the official start to the Launch season is April 1st (weather permitting), though we always recommend you hold off till the later part of April or into May as Mother Nature can still throw us some curve-balls temperature wise.

Lyman Life

What can you do in the meantime?

Think warm thoughts!.. That and make sure you have a dock secured for your boat if you haven’t already. We are now Open Saturdays from 10am to 3pm and have a good selection to choose from.  Also, now would be a good time to check on things like your boat registration as those expire on March 1st,  best to get your paperwork done now so your boat is ready for the open seas. Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

Vermilion Sunrise

The Sun will soon rise on a new boating season…

And we can’t wait, hope to see you dockside at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!

We’re “March”ing toward spring…

“R” hours and yours….

With the coming of March within days of today, we are changing hours here at your home-port. Starting March 3rd we will be open in the marine store Saturdays from 10-3, to serve you better.

Romps gas dock

Looking to make a splash?

Now that February has officially drawn to a close we are hoping you have a chance get out of the house and stop by and see what we have to offer. We would like to show you around and talk boating to see where you boat would like spend the summer. Launch is drawing closer by the day.

first boat in romps marina

Plus the coffee is on us…

"R" Coffee

For up to date business hours visit “R” Hours Page…..We hope to see you dockside!

Something’s Fishy in Vermilion…

We’re already hooked on the idea of a great walleye season..

With the temps finally headed in the right direction and with every passing day we cannot think about anything but the one that got away (AND the one’s that didn’t). It’s time to talk fishing.

Walleye fishing lake erie romps

Reel good news….

Last year’s boating season allowed us to see some of the largest Walleye catches in a decade. The thing that was even more exciting to anglers is the amount of Walleye caught that were just too young to keep and had to be tossed back. Meaning, this season could shape up to be one for the record books as those fish mature.

fishing lake erie romps vermilion

Tarter Sauce sales expected to rise…

Even though it is only February, you can already feel the anticipation when our fisherman stop in to renew their docks. It is like they kept track of the number of toss-backs in those hot-spots and are chomping at the bit to get back out there.

vermilion ohio fishing

Now these pics are what we call the greatest hits of 2017 (that we had a chance to view).

fishing Ohio lake erie romps

Yet most every weekend at our gas docks you can see that the theme here is one of excitement for anglers in the coming season. So grab your favorite tackle box and pole and mark those calendars, Spring is just around the corner.

Believe us, it’s not just “Fishfull Thinking”… Time to get hooked!

fishing lake erie romps vermilion

 

The New Romps.com v/ 7.0 … “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. Alot 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.

And finally 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.

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!

Have a Sweet Valentine’s Day…

And another week closer to spring…

With a blanket of white on the ground and some seasonably mild temps, why not take time to enjoy Valentine’s Day with that special someone. We always look forward to this day as a countdown mark on our march toward spring and the boating season ahead.

winter tower heart

Say something sweet, maybe with some candy..

This little tidbit below was sent to us and we found it both funny and sweet (pun intended). Though as a word of advice, you may want to get something a little less humorous as an actual gift.  For the romantics in all of us…

funny boating candy

Finally, we just want all of our Captain’s and Crew to know that we are working toward getting the marina ready so at the very first sign of spring we can get back to boating. In the meantime if your wondering where your boat would like to spend the summer, give us a call we would love to show you all we have to offer.

boat couple

After all the saying goes, “All you need is love, but a little boating never hurts”;

We hope to see you dockside!

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.