Saying goodbye to Laura “Peeps” Romp, a great lady..

Romp’s Co-Founder Laura “Peeps” Romp has passed.

With a heavy heart, we have a bit of sad news to share today as our co-founder and the grand matriarch of the Romp Family passed on peacefully February 1, 2018 at her home after a short illness. Laura (nee Schmitt), currently of Birmingham, AL was 96 years of age.

(Pictured above with her husband, business partner and marina co-founder Robb Romp, who preceded Laura in death. )
Laura was born July 15, 1921 in Berea, Ohio. She grew up on Cleveland’s West Side and Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
After graduating from North Olmsted High School she married the love of her life, Robb. In 1957 Laura and Robb purchased what is now Romp’s Water Port in Vermilion, Ohio. With the help of their two sons they developed the property into one of the best known marina’s on Lake Erie.
 
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Laura loved boating and taking care of her family. She was a born caregiver. In the Fall of 1959 she helped establish the Vermilion Booster Club and became the first president. She was a past member of the Vermilion Boat Club and a member of the Vermilion, United Church of Christ, Congregational.
(Pic Below of the marina at time of purchase)
Laura and Robb moved to Eustis, Florida in 1970 but always spent time in Vermilion during the Summers. After the death of Robb in 1996 she returned to Vermilion and resided there until she moved to Birmingham, AL in 2011 to be closer to her son Tom’s family.
(Laura “Peeps Romp, below)
She is survived by her children, Tom and Martha Jane Romp of Birmingham, AL and Bill and Molly Romp of Vermilion, Ohio and Mount Dora, Florida; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
(Tom and Martha Jane on the left, Molly and Bill Romp on the right with Laura’s grandchildren)
She was preceded in death by her husband Robb N. Romp; her parents, Roland and Elsie Schmitt; and four brothers.
( Robb and Peeps, left –  Molly and Bill, right)

 

There will be a Memorial Service in Vermilion, Ohio announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to your local Hospice or to
The United Church of Christ Handicap Fund, 990 State St, Vermilion, Ohio, 44089.

Next Up, “R” Open House..and You!

Tis a bit chilly..but.

We all know that the cold weather outside now just makes us appreciate the warm that follows. Before you know it, we will start to think about putting boats in and hopefully forget all this single digit frigidness. In fact, here is a pic to help you think warm thoughts.

Sunset Romps

Winter’s a Bummer, Can’t wait till Summer!

So what can we do about this in the meantime? How about a little get together for all of our Captain’s and Crew to reassure us all of better days ahead.

Join us at Romp’s Open House (aka “Sunshine in January” Party) next weekend January 27 & 28 from 11am to 2pm. We will be serving Hot Dogs, & Ice Cream Sundaes (yes, Dairy Dock Ice Cream in the winter as we will have a machine up and running) and all your favorite beverages. Plus, door prizes every half hour and even a little Goody Bag full of treats.

So mark you  Calendar and join us for comradery and cheer!

Open House Romps 2

 

Open House 18

This too, shall pass… Plus New Year’s Resolutions you can keep!

Cold Start to a New Year…

We know this is quite the cold snap. But with every week, we also know we are one week closer to another boating season. Sure the weather may look dreary now, but just hang in there before long we will be right back in the swing of things.

So you need a New Years Resolution?

Instead of diet fads or unused memberships to the gym, how about one that will last all summer long and you can involve the whole family. This year make a resolution you can keep….. go boating!

Finally, one last chance to remind you that though it may be cold right now, it will soon be warm again!

Stay safe, stay warm, and stay excited about the boating season to come. Cheers!

 

Merry Christmas…”R” Ho-Ho-Holiday Schedule

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.

Starting Saturday Dec 16th we will be closed and will be taking a couple of weeks off, we will return on January 2nd.

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.

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!

Santa arrives in V-town…Tree-mendous Christmas to follow!

Brace your Elfs…For tis the season…

We know it is still November but it hard to ignore the signs of the season all around us, one of which was Santa making an early visit to Vermilion, by boat of course.

(pic below by Scott Dommin)

And that’s just the beginning.. It’s also time to Branch Out.

Did you know Santa’s helpers make a return trip this weekend with Christmas Trees for sale?

(pic below courtesy of Main Street Vermilion)

Christmas Tree Ship
From Main Street Vermilion :

“All hands on deck! The Christmas Tree Ship Lands on Saturday at 10:30AM at McGarvey’s Landing (Quaker Steak and Lube) Music, coloring contest winners, singing and stories, cookies and cocoa and the Lorain Coast Guard Cutter will escort the boat to the dock. Buy a tree or wreath off the boat or just come for the atmosphere!”

So you can see this town is really starting to look like a Hallmark Movie. Though it is no surprise to us because we know where that Jolly Ole’ Elf likes to spend his off season.

Santa at Romps

So tune in, drop by and share a little Christmas Cheer for everyone to hear at your home-port.

We Give Thanks…Wishing you a Happy 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)

 

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, Nov 27th.

thanksgiving boat

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

 

Turkey Time Approaches…Stay Frosty My Friends.

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.

fall lake erie

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.

tower sunset

 

As Cool Air, 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 and Service Dept will be Open This Friday 17th, Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st. 

We will be closed Wednesday through Sunday next week as we take our Thanksgiving Holiday and will be spending time with family. 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 Enjoy! We Give Thanks! If we don’t see you before then, Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Leaves falling, Autumn Calling….

With both the leaves and the temps falling, docks head to shore…

It’s a bittersweet time of year at your homeport, while we look back fondly on the season that was we also prep for the cold that’s about to arrive.

As you can see from the pic above, the docks are migrating to shore right after the boats. It has been a pleasent pull-out season as you can see we are enjoying quite a show of colors from what leaves remain on the trees.

But the weather forecast starting tomorrow is a cold one, so with that we just want folks to know we are back to our winter schedule which is the following

Marine Store/Office 

10am to 4pm Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday

Service Dept

8am to 5pm Weekdays

For those folks needing dock information, or wanting to drop off a payment please call us. We can accommodate payments right over the phone, and if you need dock information we can meet you most anytime, even after hours. Just contact us to pick a time.

We hope to see you dockside!

 

Boats migrate to their winter resting place at your homeport…

Now is the time to make sure your ready, and we can help.

Sure it looks like another mid-70 degree weekends on tap, and we appreciate an Indian Summer as much as the next guy, but we also know that the temps soon fall after the leaves do. Better to be prepared for the inevitable.

Boat pic

Though most Captains have made their winter plans by now, we want you to know that if your one of the last holdouts, we are ready to  assist you. Just give us a call or stop by.

Our in the water season ends on November 1st, and soon after we start to pull docks and get the marina ready for winter.

Because you don’t want to be this guy…

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY
Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west. Sunny.
Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet.

TONIGHT
West winds 5 to 15 knots diminishing to less than
10 knots. Clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY
Light and variable winds. Sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves
1 foot or less.
SATURDAY
South winds 5 to 15 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY
South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance of showers Sunday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet

Pull the boats, Pull the boats, Pull the boats…Your weekend update.

Now is the best time to get your pull-out planned before the temps fall with the leaves…

We know that the boating season ends way to soon for some folks. Even with the pleasant temps we have had this past several weeks, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind our Captains and Crew that what soon follows can be some pretty frosty temps.

We have been busy pulling and prepping boats this week in anticipation of the cooler days ahead, and hope you have had a chance to review your needs and have charted your course to shore.

The cradles are out and ready for your boats long winter nap.

Now, if you have not made plans, please don’t delay. Contact us so we can help you plan your Winter Storage needs. There’s only two weeks left, best to get on the schedule now so you can relax and enjoy a hassle free pull-out knowing you have got all the bases covered.

We don’t want you to get left out in the cold!

Your weekend forecast(NWS):
TONIGHT
Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. A slight
chance of light rain this evening. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY
South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT
South winds less than 10 knots. Partly cloudy.
Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY
South winds 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 foot
or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT
South winds 5 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 25 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY
Southwest winds 15 to 25 knots becoming northwest. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms during the day. Waves building to 4 to 7 feet Sunday. Waves subsiding to 3 to 5
feet Sunday night.