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 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 launch orders have been sent out and we hope you have received yours. Please take time to review your service needs and let us know if we can help you fill out the order or answer any questions you may have.
Docks are in so those coming by water can arrive anytime. Please note for current dock holders: Romp’s does not provide steps or corner platforms, 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 over to Double D..
For Dairy Dock fans the beginning April means it’s that time of year. We have tentatively slated April 12th for Opening Day. Now this could change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, so check back here for updates.
Have an Egg-ceptional Easter Weekend from your friends at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!
Docks start their natural migration back to water…
The sun is out, albeit it is a bit cool, yet we have had a great week here at your home-port putting the docks in as we take another step closer to Launch Season.
We’re making a splash…
With every passing day the marina starts to look like the boating season is just around the corner. Note that even though it may take awhile before we can turn dockside water on due to freezing temps, dockside electric is on.
Dock boxes will start to be delivered in the next week. Boaters should also start to receive their launch orders as they go out today.
The gas docks are in, but the gas pumps have not been hooked up yet, so stay tuned for updates as we work toward getting things back in order.
From the “You can never be too prepared” Dept….
Ohio State Watercraft will be offering a FREE one-day Ohio Boating Education Course this Saturday, March 24, from 9am to 5pm. There are multiple courses all over the state. Preregistration is required visit http://bit.ly/2FeiFBD for details.
Don’t worry about the light coating of white stuff on the lawn, we are in the home stretch as far as Winter is concerned with the official start to Spring slated for 20 March 2018. You know what that means; very soon docks will start to make a splash at your home-port. (last year in March pictured below)
Live, Love, Launch..
Once the docks go in, the Launch Orders will start arriving at a mailbox near you. As the official start to the Launch season is April 1st (weather permitting), though we always recommend you hold off till the later part of April or into May as Mother Nature can still throw us some curve-balls temperature wise.
What can you do in the meantime?
Think warm thoughts!.. That and make sure you have a dock secured for your boat if you haven’t already. We are now Open Saturdays from 10am to 3pm and have a good selection to choose from. Also, now would be a good time to check on things like your boat registration as those expire on March 1st, best to get your paperwork done now so your boat is ready for the open seas. Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.
The Sun will soon rise on a new boating season…
And we can’t wait, hope to see you dockside at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!
“R” hours and yours….
With the coming of March within days of today, we are changing hours here at your home-port. Starting March 3rd we will be open in the marine store Saturdays from 10-3, to serve you better.
Looking to make a splash?
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 you boat would like spend the summer. Launch is drawing closer by the day.
Plus the coffee is on us…
For up to date business hours visit “R” Hours Page…..We hope to see you dockside!
We’re already hooked on the idea of a great walleye season..
With the temps finally headed in the right direction and with every passing day we cannot think about anything but the one that got away (AND the one’s that didn’t). It’s time to talk fishing.
Reel good news….
Last year’s boating season allowed us to see some of the largest Walleye catches in a decade. The thing that was even more exciting to anglers is the amount of Walleye caught that were just too young to keep and had to be tossed back. Meaning, this season could shape up to be one for the record books as those fish mature.
Tarter Sauce sales expected to rise…
Even though it is only February, you can already feel the anticipation when our fisherman stop in to renew their docks. It is like they kept track of the number of toss-backs in those hot-spots and are chomping at the bit to get back out there.
Now these pics are what we call the greatest hits of 2017 (that we had a chance to view).
Yet most every weekend at our gas docks you can see that the theme here is one of excitement for anglers in the coming season. So grab your favorite tackle box and pole and mark those calendars, Spring is just around the corner.
Believe us, it’s not just “Fishfull Thinking”… Time to get hooked!
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. Alot of spam came our way.
Next up was Version 2.0 pictured below.
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.
And finally 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.
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!
And another week closer to spring…
With a blanket of white on the ground and some seasonably mild temps, why not take time to enjoy Valentine’s Day with that special someone. We always look forward to this day as a countdown mark on our march toward spring and the boating season ahead.
Say something sweet, maybe with some candy..
This little tidbit below was sent to us and we found it both funny and sweet (pun intended). Though as a word of advice, you may want to get something a little less humorous as an actual gift. For the romantics in all of us…
Finally, we just want all of our Captain’s and Crew to know that we are working toward getting the marina ready so at the very first sign of spring we can get back to boating. In the meantime if your wondering where your boat would like to spend the summer, give us a call we would love to show you all we have to offer.
After all the saying goes, “All you need is love, but a little boating never hurts”;
We hope to see you dockside!
Glass is always half full at your home-port!
Though it’s cold outside, and the ground is covered in a blanket of white, we here at your home-port choose to look beyond today to a better tomorrow! Even though the first day of launch is 52 days away, the acutal week docks go back in is only 4 or 5 weeks away (if Mother Nature chooses to cooperate).
Now is the time to get in ship shape…
What you can do in the meantime is take some simple steps. First of which is check your boats registration paperwork. Ohio’s Boat registrations all expire in March well before you even have a chance to get in the water. So don’t be that Captain who comes to the dock ready to go and then realizes he his ship isn’t ready to sail, do the paperwork now long before the sunny days arrive.
Also on your list should be to check your boat insurance as well as towing insurance. No matter how new your boat is, or what condition it is kept in, towing insurance is always recommended. For even the newest props and outdrives can fall prey to a rare log impact. Why not start the season worry free? Save the time during the sunny days for strictly playtime.
And finally, wait for those launch orders which will be arriving in a few weeks. Chart a plan now of services you may need and when the time is right it will be much easier to remember all the items on your list.
For prevention is always better than cure….we can’t wait to see you dockside! Take care.
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. )
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.
(Pic Below of the marina at time of purchase)
(Laura “Peeps Romp, below)
(Tom and Martha Jane on the left, Molly and Bill Romp on the right with Laura’s grandchildren)
( Robb and Peeps, left – Molly and Bill, right)
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to your local Hospice or to
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.
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!