Ice Ice Baby… Open Water Returns!

A big “THANK YOU” to the City and Ice Breaking Crews..

As we awoke today, for the first time in several weeks we found the Vermilion River to be free of ice and for that we are grateful. Winter can be a tricky time to navigate within the river community, we are especially thankful that the City of Vermilion and South Shore Dredge and Dock have worked very diligently in keeping the ice flows under control.

Pictured below the last of the ice flowing out.

ice breaking

Breaking up is hard to do…

As you can see the crew from South Shore really had some work to do chomping up the ice as it passed.

ice breaking too.

All’s well that ends well…

Here at your homeport, you can see what ice in the channel is melting on it’s own under some of the mild temps this week. Now, we can look forward to the approaching spring!

marina feb

Next Up..”R” Open House and Snow Much Fun!

We’re up to Snow Good….

We all know that the cold weather 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 of the past week. That said, we are Snow Happy to see you, so.

There’s Snow Place Like Home!

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 and remind us all of better days ahead.

Join us at Romp’s Open House (aka “It’s the Snow Life” Party)  this weekend January 26 & 27 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 gift full of treats.

open house

So mark you Calendar because its a Snow Day (for Boaters)!

Also, new Captains and Crews looking for a place to drop anchor next summer, please feel free to stop by, we would like to show you all we have to offer. We hope to see you dockside!

open house too



We’re Back!…With a resolution you can keep.

New Year, New Boating Season…

Everyone here at your homeport wishes you a great 2019, and can’t wait to get the season started. Year after year folks start a new year’s resolution right about this time. but what if we told you we have a healthy one that the whole family can enjoy!

happy new year

Resolve to go boating!

That’s right, forget the fad diets and signing up for a year at the gym when you will only go a time or two. This time resolve to get the whole family into the great outdoors, and really take advantage of all the things our area has to offer on the water.

jump in the lake

Or just keep it reel!

Or maybe just resolve to spend some quiet time away from all those electronic gadgets. Now is the time to plan, and to stop wishing, start thinking fishing! Just you and some peace and quiet out on Mother Erie.

lake erie life

Rock the Dock…

You don’t even have to leave the marina to enjoy some time in the sun! You can make a splash with friends and family this year!

romps pool

New Year, New You…

So resolve just to relax, and enjoy what is already here, here’s hoping we see you dockside!

Sunset Romps

The Daily Grind…why it’s a good thing!

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?“.

colder lake erie

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!


Turkey Time Approaches…Some news to Gooble up.

Docks are out, and now is time we give Thanks!

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 and 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/Office will be closed from the 19th through the 26th, for “R” Thanksgiving Vacation.

“R” Service Dept will be closed Wednesday through Sunday next week as we take our Thanksgiving Holiday and will be spending time with family.

Don’t worry, 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 We Give Thanks….If we don’t see you before then, enjoy your family this Thanksgiving!

fall "R" Marina

Thanks all for a great year….

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

For everything there is a season, and as we enter November with all the boats on shore at your homeport it closes the book officially on the boating calendar for 2018.

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

First and foremost is that the Gas Docks are now closed for the year. We 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 4pm.

The Service Dept is open weekdays from 8 am to 5pm.

If you need to pay a bill, just give us a call, we can take your payment right over the phone.

Also note, if you are interested in dockage for 2019, just email us or call us and we can arrange to meet you any time that is convenient for you. During or after business hours. We are always right nearby.

We hope to see you dockside!

Last call before the flakes fall…..

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.

Fall Romps

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 will be closed weekends starting November 3rd (still available weekdays). This weekend will also be the last weekend for “R” gas docks, so please plan accordingly. We will close the dock and begin Gas Dock disassembly the first week of November as we prepare the marina for the Winter ahead.

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.

"R' fall

You don’t want to be this guy….

snow guy

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

Weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming light and variable.
Mostly sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 10 knots or less becoming southeast. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Cloudy.
Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…East winds 10 to 15 knots. Rain likely. Waves
1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming north 10 to
15 knots. Rain likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet,
then subsiding to 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY…North winds 10 knots or less becoming northwest.
Showers likely. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.

It’s “Spooky” how fast the weather changes…..

Temps that go boo in the night…..

The real October has started to rear it’s 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.

romps halloween

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 will be turned off and winterized today as cold evening temps have brought the threat of freezing temps in the coming days ahead.

romps halloween too

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 (Family YMCA Halloween) 28th from  (Quaker Steak) through the 31st ( full City), various links here and more here.

Scariest picture of all….

Snow Boats

We hope to see you dockside!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Sunny this morning, then
becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 15 to 25 knots becoming west to
30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet building to 4 to
7 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
SATURDAY…West winds to 30 knots becoming northwest 15 to
25 knots. A chance of waterspouts. Showers likely with a chance
of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to
3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Northwest winds to 30 knots diminishing to
15 to 25 knots. A chance of waterspouts in the evening. Rain
showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening,
then rain showers likely overnight. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Waves
occasionally around 10 feet.
SUNDAY…Northwest winds 15 to 25 knots becoming southwest and
diminishing to 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to
1 to 3 feet

Pull the boats, Pull the boats, Pull the boats…Rinse, Repeat.

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.

romps marina sunrise

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.

sunny romps marina

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….

snow guy

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

THIS AFTERNOON…West winds to 30 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves
4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 15 to 25 knots becoming northwest. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
FRIDAY…Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 10 to
15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 2 to
4 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest.
Showers likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SATURDAY…West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest. Waves
1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest. A
chance of showers Sunday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

A Fall to Leaf You Happy!….

A season of Pumpkins and Spice, plus Perch on ice

The first full week of Pull-Out season has come and gone yet we are just getting started in the Boats to Land dept. This week saw some unseasonably and very warm temps, then a cool down by weeks end. It is the time of year where the weather can be unpredictable as it transitions from one season to another.   Yet, we always look forward to the colors.

vtown lagoons fall

Leaf here feeling happy…

With the lake temps still in the high 60’s it has been a challenge to find our Perch friends and invite them to dinner. If the coming weeks could bring some cooler weather it would help in the hook-line-and-sinker dept. Of course while we wait on the next big catch, there is no better time then now to start planning your fall pull-out needs.

Vtown lagoon fall 2

Temps will eventually fall with the leaves..

The one thing we can all count on, is in the near future the temps will fall; the question is will you be ready when that day comes? Just stop by and let us help you get in ship shape before the “end of October” rush. We are open both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm and Weekdays from 9am to 5pm as well.

We can walk you the various options of Pull-out so you can rest easy knowing that your boat is all ready for its Winter slumber.

Because in Ohio, there’s always another season around the corner….

Summer/Winter river

Till then…. We hope to see you dockside!

Here is your weekend forecast (NWS):

TONIGHT…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming east. Partly
cloudy. Waves 3 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Waves
occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…East winds 5 to 15 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 1 to
3 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. A chance
of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A
chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms during the day, then a chance of
showers Sunday night. Waves 1 foot or less.