Back to the Future….

 A boat time we think of what’s next…

These are certainly some very difficult times; we here at the marina understand and are hoping things can get back to the “new” normal soon. Until then, we all have to do our part, including following the state’s guidelines as it pertains to boating (Please click here for our Covid-19 Policy). We do know distancing is important and boating, or more accurately, going out on a boat has the benefit of fresh air and offers separation from the public.

whaler

Stay-cation’s on the horizon…

One of the plus’s to our area of the country, is once the weather warms up there is a lot of nature to enjoy. In our little town alone we have beaches, and large open parks. Plenty of space to get out and get some sunshine once the shelter orders are amended or lifted.

You won’t have to travel far to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Right here at your Family Fun Marina, we have 17 acres of green space. Plus, some nice sunrises and sunsets.

marina sunrise

Boats head toward the docks…

In the mean time, we will continue to launch boats and get the marina ready for a point in the future when the restrictions are eased and everyone can start to plan their summers.

boat launch

Stay Safe, Be Kind, and we hope to see you dockside!

(our Covid 19 guidelines)

lake erie sunset

It’s April…We’re getting Closer.

With so much up in the air, we hope that all of our Captains and Crews are safe and sound. We are getting the marina ready for the post-“shelter in place” world, as we look forward to better days ahead.

In fact the first boat has made a splash here at your homeport…

first boat

Also note, dock boxes are out, dockside water and electric is on for your use, and picnic tables are at the docks.

That said, we are still under State Guidelines so that includes the following:

  • We ask that you please use a phone and call us at 440-967-4342 to handle all transactions whenever possible.
  • Our Store/Office hours to receive calls will be 10am to 3pm Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun
  • If you need to see us in-person please allow for one person (or couple) in the store/office at a time. If you see someone in, please wait outside or in your car until they have exited.
  • Restrooms will only be accessible during store/office hours and only through the main store entrance and will follow the one person at a time rule. Please wash hands as much as possible.
  • When checking on your boat, or working in the yard practice “Social Distancing” of 6ft minimum.
  • Our service department is off limits to non-employees. We can perform services such as launch and other maintenance items but please handle all details via phone call at the number above.
  • Please do not approach our employees when working outdoors in the marina. If it is urgent, try to keep your social distance intact. All normal transaction can be handled over the phone, by mail or email.
  • Our outdoor environment is a great place to get fresh air and exercise while keeping a distance and limiting interaction from others.  For this to continue to be safe please follow the recommended guidelines.
  • We will be enforcing the rule against groups or gatherings. These policies will only work if we all work together.

Marina’s are exempted per state order as “Essential Infrastructure” (click to enlarge):

essential

We have sent all non essential employees home and our office is just family. One of the reasons we are labeled as “Essential” is we do offer outdoor space to use and have ample acres to keep everyone separated, plus boat owners can further isolate by just going boating.  As it takes months to put the marina together we are grateful we have been given this exemption to prepare for “Post-Shelter” life.

We hope that you look forward to that time as well. Please stay safe, follow the recommendations, and we look forward to better times ahead.

 

 

 

Covid Updates – To keep you safe.

These are unusual times for all of us. Of course your safety is a top priority here at your family fun marina, so we have some policies to inform you about so we all can enjoy the marine environment and stay safe while we play.

Our Covid Policy:

  • We ask that if you are not vaccinated to please use a phone and call us at 440-967-4342 to handle transactions whenever possible.
  • Our Store/Office hours to receive calls are here
  • If you need to see us in-person please allow Social Distancing and wear a mask when inside. If you see someone else inside, please try to stay 6ft or more apart.
  • When visiting your boat, or working in the yard practice “Social Distancing” when possible with other dockers.
  • For your safety and ours, Romp’s service department is off limits to non-employees. We can perform services such as launch and other maintenance items but please contact the store/office to make service arrangements.
  • Please do not approach our employees when working outside in the marina. If it is urgent try to keep your social distance intact. All normal transactions or asking for assistance can be done right over the phone, by mail or email.
  • Our outdoor environment is a great place to get fresh air and exercise while keeping a safe distance and limiting close contact interaction from others who may not be vaccinated.  For this to continue to be safe please follow the recommended guidelines.
  • Under current Health Department Regulations we have to limit groups or gatherings of 10 people or more, please keep your groups a safe social distance. These policies will only work if we all work together.

Marina’s are listed per state documents as “Essential Infrastructure”:

We hope that you look forward to that time as well. Please stay safe, follow the recommendations, and we look forward to better times ahead.

boat engine

 

 

Open Saturdays..with care.

These are some uncertain times, we want all of our dockers and future dockers to know that we are well aware of the current conditions and are continually monitoring the latest news and official coronavirus updates. In our ongoing effort to guard against the spread of COVID-19, and to best serve you.

That said, we will be Open Saturday from 10am to 3pm.. but know that visitors are infrequent this time of year and we will be keeping safe distances as prescribed; plus we are actively cleaning and disinfecting as well.

docks

On the plus side, as we look to the future post-virus, we were able to put the docks in, and at the beginning of next week we should have the river docks and gas docks assembled and out. So there is some progress being made.

coffee

So we hope you stop in, but please don’t be offended if we don’t shake hands. Also, the coffee is on us.

Hope to see you dockside.

Open Saturdays.. So March on in!

Are you Febru-weary? Maybe time to see a dock!

It’s kinda difficult to imagine it yet the days are getting longer, better times are just around the corner here at your favorite Lake Erie Marina. We can’t wait to go from the blahs of Winter to the sunny goodness of Launch Season.

launch

Now Open Saturday’s…It’s not an oar-deal.

Moreover, now is the time to start to “Think Spring” and get your plans ready. To help you find where your boat would like to spend the summer, we are now Open Saturdays from 10am – 3pm.

saturday

Deja Brew!

Plus, 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 your Crew wants to drop anchor. Launch is drawing closer by the day. Plus the coffee is on us!

coffee

We hope to see you dockside! (coming soon to a marina near you)

Sunrise marina

March-ing in the right direction….

We’re on Daylight Cravings Time

With the days getting longer as daylight is extended with every passing hour, we here at your homeport are busy making plans for the boating season ahead. After all March is just another week away, and everyone knows that docks start to go back in the water mid-March.

docks going in

Put some Spring in your step….

We here at your family fun marina are also looking forward to our “It’s Almost Spring” Open House Party. We traditionally have this party in January but have moved it to March and closer to launch in hopes more snowbirds can join in the fun.

open-house-2020

Details as follows :

Spring Open House

March 14th and 15th – 1pm to 4pm.

Bring your family and join us for an “Almost Spring” Party, we will have fun food, door prizes and gifts. Catch up with your dockmates, share your favorite fish stories, and plan for the season ahead. We hope to see you there!

open house

It’s Febrrrrrr-uary..One month closer!

Walking in a winter punderland

So the thick of Winter is upon us, what with the cold, snow and ice, but so what. There is no need to get discouraged, as we are one month closer to the good stuff. Like sitting dockside enjoying a refreshing cold one with your friends.

summer time

It deep-ends on your point of view..

Sure the Sun rarely makes an appearance this time of year, yet under that blanket of grey you can rest easy knowing a splashdown and sunshine is getting closer with the passing of each day.

r pool

We lake you a lot!

So just imagine if you will, what a view like the one below would cost? When your out on a boat, you get million dollar vistas that land owners fight over.

boating sunset lake erie

So we hope this cheered you up as much as it has us. When we look back, we can’t help but think forward. Hang in there the boating season is getting closer every day!

 

Ice..Ice..Baby

It’s ain’t easy being Freezy…

Just because it is January in Ohio doesn’t mean that there isn’t some fun in store in Vermilion. Tomorrow, February 1st, start your weekend off with a little ice carving and winter time celebration.

With Main Street Vermilion’s Ice A Fair

Our friends at MainStreetVermilion.org have put together a great event that is fun and free for the whole family.

Some excerpts from there website (visit the above link for the full schedule).

The day begins with chocolate! Ritter Public Library’s open the doors to their 2020 Chocolate Festival at 10AM. Sample a wide variety delicious chocolate confections and vote for the next Chocolate Champion of Vermilion. Tastes are only 50¢ each

More than 60 ice sculptures appear at 11AM up and down Main Street and Liberty Avenue, the heart of downtown Vermilion. Look for some fun, new additions including Corn Hole on Ice.

Plus much much more!

Fire and ice

courtesy MainStreetVermilion.orgSo Just Chill-Out with a family friendly event and melt those winter blahs away.

We hope to see you dockside!

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.

fla-2019

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.

sunset

We hope to see you dockside!