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!

A May Day..A May Day…Right around the corner!

Painting quite a picture of things to come….

The last full week of April was kind to us as the sun was out early on and the temps are back to normal.  We are already looking forward to the first day of May next week. The boats, well, the boats are making quite a splash around here. Launch season is in full swing at your homeport. Soon the place will look pretty as a picture (like the one below).

romps lyman art

Our spirits are “Bouy-ed” by recent temps…

We are working hard to get the pool in shape and even the Putter-Port will soon undergo a season opening cleanup so both will be ready for  Memorial Day Weekend.

"R" pool

Launch Orders and You…It’s all about “Oar”-ganisation

Now, if you haven’t already, you may want to get your ship in shape by planning what you need for launch. Then check off what services you want on your launch order, and pick a week to make your own splash down.

We will take it from there.  Have questions or need to help filling out your order? We’re here to help. Just contact us or stop by, we are open weekends (both days ) from 9am to 5pm. We hope to see you dockside!

V-river art

Now, just in time for the first May Day, the boating forecast..

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast. A
slight chance of showers through early afternoon, then a chance
of showers late. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming north. Showers.
Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY…North winds 15 to 25 knots becoming northwest. Showers
in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves
1 to 3 feet building to 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around
7 feet. A small craft advisory will likely be needed.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to
10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to
3 feet.
SATURDAY
Northwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east 15 to 20 knots.
A chance of showers during the day, then showers likely Saturday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY
North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast 5 to 15 knots.
A chance of showers during the day. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.

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 this weekend 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 with a gust of warm weather this week we were feeling optimistic and uncovered the pool, another sign of the good things to come.

R pool

In other news..

On a safety note for dock holders; 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 in to Double D..

For Dairy Dock fans we will be open Sunday, so you can bring every bunny to the dock for an Easter Treat.

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

Romps Eggs

News you can use…Your weekend update.

What goes a hundred smiles per hour?…

Dairy Dock on opening day. Even though the wind was a bit cool for our opening, we sure are happy about the welcome site of folks enjoying their ice cream yesterday. It is always exciting to welcome the town back to the dock.

Who was the first? Chris Lehky for the second year in a row.

first in line

Important News for “R” Customers…

Well it would not be summer in Ohio if the orange cones were not present. Starting Monday, Vermilion Road will be southbound only as they pave the street for the next several weeks. Folks coming to the marina should take the Sunnyside Road north and then can continue to head south on Vermilion Rd to the highway when they head home. You can also use both Baumhart Road and State Route 60 exits northbound as well.

road work

road map

Launch, Launch, Launch the boat…

Finally, launch season is here and we are starting to see boats head to their natural resting place at the dock. Romp’s office is now open 9am to 4pm seven  days a week, stop by and let us help you get your spring services in ship shape.

On a safety note, we are starting to see some worn cords so be sure to check yours before plugging in. A worn cord can cause electrical damage to your boat and also is a potential fire hazard to both you and your dockmates.  This image below is not a sad emoji, it is a dangerous cord that should be discarded for new.

bad cord

Stay safe, stay afloat, and we hope to see you dockside!

Dairy Dock is Back… Have a Delicious Day!

“Cone”-gratulations are in order

Within  a couple of hours of now, an annual Vermilion tradition returns signaling the official start to our “Sweet Season” here at your home-port as Today,  Thursday Dairy Dock opens (April 11th) at 11:30am.

Because Sprinkles are for winners!

It won’t matter if your a chocolate or vanilla kind of person, we hope you are just ready for some well deserved treats after a long winter break.

You don’t have to be a reporter to get this scoop!

So hang in there because soon you can hang out with us, at the dock.

Open 11:30am to 9pm Mon-Tues-Weds-Thurs-Fri / Open 11:30am to 10pm Fri-Sat 

Have a Delicious Day!

 

First Boats make a splash…

We’ve been waiting on the sun…then it dawned on us.

We are excited to say boats are in the water here at your home port. Who was the first boat in at the dock your ask?

Well, there are actually two firsts. Sloppy Joe of Nite Bite Charters  was first in the water and at the dock as he ramped his own in. Our first launch of the season belongs to the Helm’s Crew , pictured below on the way to the water.

first launch 2019

More sun on the way, more boats to float…

With any luck the cold grip of winter has finally given way to the hope and warmth of Spring. Meanwhile dockside, dock boxes are now out ready to stow your gear, dockside electric is on.

UPDATE -4-5-19: The dockside water is on. The forecast looks like freezing evening temps may finally be over, so we were able to turn on water systems this week for your convenience.

Also, the gas docks are now open during Store/Office hours.

sunny boat

“R” Hours and Yours… 

With the start of April our current hours are 10 am to 4pm seven days a week at the marina. The Service Department is open from 8 am to 5pm as the service crew is very busy this time of year out fixing boats. If you need service please call or stop by the office, we can schedule your work. Or if you have questions feel free to visit us on the weekends as well. We are here to help.

R office hours

We hope to see you dockside!