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  • Marina Hours - 9am to 5pm :: Dairy Dock - Closed for the seaon

Back….To the Future!

It’s Just “A Boat” Time…..

Let’s face it January is a tough month in Ohio. No sooner does the excitement of a New Year start then the realization of several weeks before you can launch. To help you mentally, just know that the picture below is your future, and we get closer with each passing day.

Vermilion River entrance

Chart your course now…

This is actually a good time of year to take inventory on what you need as the boating season approaches. First up would be your Boat Registration, you see even though it says 20 in bold numbers, the fine print says expired March 1st. So get those stickers renewed now.

Next on your list should be safety gear, flares, flags, Lifejackets etc. Go through your gear and make sure it is up to date AND you have plenty of Life Jackets for everyone. We recommend you carry a first aid kit as well (though not required).

It will save you a stop by the coast guard later, like when your making wake on a glass lake.

boat wake

What’s up Dock?…

Oh hey, let’s not forget the center piece to all this fun; that is “Where would your boat like to spend the summer?”. For when you tie up that is the portal to your entire boating experience. Is the place clean? Is it easily accessible? Friendly Staff? Nice Amenities? This is the time to really check into a homeport, and we here at Romp’s Family Fun Marina hope you give us a look.

We have been serving the boating public since 1957, though three generations of family and already can’t wait for another season. We would like to show you what we have to offer, in fact, now is when you get the best selection of docks to choose from.

So if you just bought a boat from the boat show, or  just trying to get your existing vessel sorted before the weather turns warm, smart captains are always a step ahead of the fleet.

Sunset at Romps

We hope to see you dockside!


Happy New Year!…Now back to work.

Our vision for a great boating season is 2020…

Well it was a very mild Christmas to New Year’s break, and we hope everyone enjoyed their time with family. We certainly had fun with ours as well, and thank all who sent well wishes our way.

Of course we are back in the garages getting the boats and docks ready for another splashdown. If you need assistance or want to secure a dock for 2020 and can’t make the hours shown below, just call we can meet you at most anytime convenient for you.

Store Hours10am to 3pm Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri
Service Hours – 8am to 5pm Weekdays

boat paint

Even on break, we are still boaters…

Some folks have asked us what we do for fun? Well, it is easy to guess. Though some of us had to go south for a bit, we still make time to boat no matter the body of water.


What they call a lake, we call a pond…

In comparison and at the end of the day, it still is not boating on Lake Erie. Between the record Walleye catch and the vastness of boating destinations, a day on the lake beats most on vacation elsewhere. After all, our captains get a whole summer of sunsets.


We hope to see you dockside!

Sleigh, what?…It’s Christmas Break!

Yule love time with family…

It’s that time of year again, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost etc, and we are very much looking forward, as we do every year, to spending some of that Christmas time with our family and friends.

But before we break out the eggnog, we better get you up to speed on what that means.

Santa list

Starting Saturday Dec 20th we will be closed and will be taking a couple of weeks off, we will return on January 6th.

We will still be in and out of the marina daily, so if you need us just email or call and leave a message and we will get back to your promptly. If your looking for a dock, we can arrange to meet you.


We hope you get Gold, Frankincense, and so very much Myrrh!

Other then that we are ready to  make Merry and hope that you are too. We wish all of our Captain’s and Crew the very best this Christmas, and so many, many good things to come in the New Year!

So stay warm, stay safe and enjoy your time with family, we will see you next year!



The Daily Grind…Literally.

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?“.

first ice


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.

"R" docks

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.

boat bottom paint

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!


From our family to yours..Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Turkey Day arrives just in time for family and fun.

We want to take a minute to thank all of our Captains and Crew for a great boating season. With Thanksgiving week arriving, we hope you get a chance to enjoy your time with family and friends. We also hope that any travels you may have are safe and not too much of a hassle.

Below is the first Romp’s Thanksgiving (imagined)


Turkey Day

We kid of course, but one of things we do need to share with you is the Marina’s hours will be a little different this week.

Romp’s will be closed Weds through Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving.

However, if an urgent situation arises and you need assistance just call us and leave a message or email us and we will get back to you. We are in and out of the marina several times a day even when on break.

We will be back at it on Monday, Dec 2nd.



This is a season of thanks, and we here at your homeport are very grateful, we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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.


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).


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.