Some days are good…Summer Way Better!

We’re bug’n

The circle of life has hit at your homeport, the very food our great fishing season depends on has arrived by wing as the MayFlys are here at last. While they can be a little anoying, they are a sign of a healthy lake and, more importantly, the food that next years Perch and Walleye depend on. Plus, their visit is short, just a day or so.

Sometimes all you need is a little Vitamin Sea….

Have seen the weekend forecast? Let us show you a preview of coming attractions. Below is an image taken last night by our own Jeff B. We’re hoping it’s enough to “tide” you over until you can leave work and get dockside for your own sunset cruise.


Summer day

Did you know?

We thought you might also find this interesting, below you will find the importance of boating to Ohio’s economy. Boating and Lake Erie make up a sizable portion of our state’s income. As you can see that the majority of boat owners are not the rich and famous, but working class folk like us enjoying the great outdoors. Of course you will also notice the percent of Power Boats in the chart below,  a source of pride here at your family fun marina. From our friends at the National Marine Manufacturers Association.


Now onto the good news..

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…Light and variable winds. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms this afternoon. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…East winds less than 10 knots becoming south. Partly
cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 10 knots or less becoming southwest. Mostly
sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 knots or less. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY… West winds 5 to 10 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY... West winds 10 knots or less becoming north. Waves
1 foot or less.

Please note: Vermilion Road remains Southbound only, all Northbound traffic should use Baumhart Rd, or Rt 60 to Liberty Ave. Thanks!

It’s Officially Summer..Keeping it Reel.

Shell-abrate good times…

One can only hope that the soggy spring is behind us as tomorrow starts the official beginning to Summer and with it, we hope, a sunny disposition. Like this sunset from just this last Friday…

R sunset

You light up my life…

Here at your homeport we did manage to have a couple of winners in the Festival of the Fish boating contests. One of our favorites is the winner of the lighted boat parade, the Rini family and their festive Lyman luau boat, complete with hula dancers.

lyman luau

Now the Big Bang theory…

Our service department shared with us a cautionary example of what happens when a boat owner leaves boat batteries hooked up all winter, allow them to go completely dead then force a charge into them. Lets just say we are glad it worked out, fortunately no one was injured and R crew was able to get this boat back on the water with minimal damage.

We are always happy to check out batteries prior to launch, or better yet, have us store and install them for proper care. Take the worry out of boating

batts too

Another “We’re Hooked on Success” story…

Last but far from least, here is yet another example of what happens when you have hard work, determination, a boat, and plenty of worms; all summed up in a pic. Below is a successful day Walleye fishing from the Ferut gang. As you can see there was some heavy lifting to do, plus the expense of extra tartar sauce loomed heavy after this day on the lake. Congrats!.. and thanks for sharing.

Ferut fishing at romps marina

Your weekend forecast (NWS)

TODAY...Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north. Showers
with a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 feet. 
TONIGHT...North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 10 to
15 knots. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the
evening. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet. 
FRIDAY...Northwest winds 10 knots or less becoming north. Sunny.
Waves 2 feet or less. 
FRIDAY NIGHT...East winds 10 knots or less. Partly cloudy. Waves
1 foot or less.


We’re hooked on June!…

First up, Cops and Bobbers…

With the Summer just starting and only the second weekend of June coming up, we want all of our Captain and crews to be stay safe on the water. Emphasis this time of year with various law enforcement will be safety checks for proper equipment and life jackets; but also with a keen eye out for impaired boaters. Alcohol coupled with high temps can lead to accidents which may otherwise be avoided. So be safe out there, and know that you can stop by our local Vermilion Police Boat when officers are present and they will perform a safety check free of charge so you are well prepared for Summer fun.

Because Sun days are meant to be fun days…

marina dock

Stop wishing, Start Fishing

This already has been a season for the ages with some very big walleye seen in coolers all around the marina. Case in point… Look at this whopper.

Fishing has been so good, that we are now accidentally catching them with our travel lift (see below)… Don’t worry we put him right back in the water, and he swam away unharmed.
fish travel lift
Keep ’em Afloat… 

Romp’s Lake Erie Marina recently asked for donations of life jackets for YMCA Kids Day Camp, and within two days every kid had a jacket donated. We would like to thank the following for their generous support.

Ferrry Legal LLC, William Ferry, Westlake Ohio
ACC Adult Home Care, Melva Sherwood, Vermilion
Bulan’s Boatyard, Eileen Bulan, Vermilion
Julie Mac, Vermilion
Joyce Sherwood, Vermilion
plus Vita Plate Distributors, for discounted pricing on jackets.
We are also happy to contribute to this great cause. Thanks so much everyone.

kid life jacket

“R” hours and yours..

Just an FYI our Ships Store and Office are now open 8am to 7pm every day of the week. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to closing if you are coming for fuel. We hope to see you dockside..

Your Weekend Forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Patchy fog this morning.
Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming east 15 to
20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to
4 feet.
SATURDAY…East winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast. Sunny.
Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet. Waves occasionally
around 6 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…East winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 1 to
3 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
SUNDAY…East winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

Somethings Fishy at your homeport….

From the “R” orange cones are better then theirs dept..

First up, we wanted all of our Captains and Crew to be aware that Vermilion Road (Right next to Dairy Dock) is southbound only for road repair and resurfacing. This will effect all inbound folks who use this path from Route 90/2. So beware the orange cones.

dd cones

Instead we want you to know you can still come by Baumhart Rd, Sunnyside Rd, and Route 60 north to Liberty Ave.

Onto the Splish to the Splash of it….


Spare the rod, spoil the reel..

That said, we are back in action here at your home-port as the season’s fishing has seen some great catches. Here’s a keeper Caught by Jay Telzrow. (10 Pound) while aboard Dick McDermott’s boat, Marilee II. May 24, 2019. One m. west of V. 26′

We hope to see you dockside!

This could be you...

Your weekend weather forecast (NWS):
.TODAY…Light and variable winds. A slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms early, then showers and thunderstorms from late
morning on. Waves 1 foot or less.
.TONIGHT...West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming east. Sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest.
Mostly clear. Waves 1 foot or less.


We’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day!

Finally, after days and days of soggy conditions the Sun came out and helped us get a great week of launch in. The marina is filling up and more captains are headed toward the water with every passing day.

launchNo need for an appointment to see the Dock… 

That said, there are still have several boats under shrinkwrap who may need some help, and that’s where we come in. Just stop by the ships store and let us help you fill out a launch order and get your ship in shape of the season ahead. Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it.

"R" docks

Moor often then knot…

Speaking of weekends, The weekend forecast looks great, here’s hoping that we finally have moved on from the wet season and can start to work on our tan lines at your favorite Lake Erie Marina. Also, for those looking for our LINKS page, it has been moved to here..
Our Links/Resources page now includes a link to the Vermilion Ohio Lake Erie Camera at Main Street Beach. We hope you have a chance to check it out.

boat helm

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
THURSDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming south.
Sunny in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Waves 1 foot or
THURSDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to
15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers
likely with a chance of thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or
FRIDAY…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming north. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. Waves 2 feet
or less.
South winds 10 to 15 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms Sunday night. Waves 2 feet or less.

Have an Egg-Cellent Easter !

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 this weekend 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 with a gust of warm weather this week we were feeling optimistic and uncovered the pool, another sign of the good things to come.

R pool

In other news..

On a safety note for dock holders; 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 in to Double D..

For Dairy Dock fans we will be open Sunday, so you can bring every bunny to the dock for an Easter Treat.

Have an Egg-ceptional Easter Weekend from your friends at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!

Romps Eggs

News you can use…Your weekend update.

What goes a hundred smiles per hour?…

Dairy Dock on opening day. Even though the wind was a bit cool for our opening, we sure are happy about the welcome site of folks enjoying their ice cream yesterday. It is always exciting to welcome the town back to the dock.

Who was the first? Chris Lehky for the second year in a row.

first in line

Important News for “R” Customers…

Well it would not be summer in Ohio if the orange cones were not present. Starting Monday, Vermilion Road will be southbound only as they pave the street for the next several weeks. Folks coming to the marina should take the Sunnyside Road north and then can continue to head south on Vermilion Rd to the highway when they head home. You can also use both Baumhart Road and State Route 60 exits northbound as well.

road work

road map

Launch, Launch, Launch the boat…

Finally, launch season is here and we are starting to see boats head to their natural resting place at the dock. Romp’s office is now open 9am to 4pm seven  days a week, stop by and let us help you get your spring services in ship shape.

On a safety note, we are starting to see some worn cords so be sure to check yours before plugging in. A worn cord can cause electrical damage to your boat and also is a potential fire hazard to both you and your dockmates.  This image below is not a sad emoji, it is a dangerous cord that should be discarded for new.

bad cord

Stay safe, stay afloat, and we hope to see you dockside!

Dairy Dock is Back… Have a Delicious Day!

“Cone”-gratulations are in order

Within  a couple of hours of now, an annual Vermilion tradition returns signaling the official start to our “Sweet Season” here at your home-port as Today,  Thursday Dairy Dock opens (April 11th) at 11:30am.

Because Sprinkles are for winners!

It won’t matter if your a chocolate or vanilla kind of person, we hope you are just ready for some well deserved treats after a long winter break.

You don’t have to be a reporter to get this scoop!

So hang in there because soon you can hang out with us, at the dock.

Open 11:30am to 9pm Mon-Tues-Weds-Thurs-Fri / Open 11:30am to 10pm Fri-Sat 

Have a Delicious Day!


First Boats make a splash…

We’ve been waiting on the sun…then it dawned on us.

We are excited to say boats are in the water here at your home port. Who was the first boat in at the dock your ask?

Well, there are actually two firsts. Sloppy Joe of Nite Bite Charters  was first in the water and at the dock as he ramped his own in. Our first launch of the season belongs to the Helm’s Crew , pictured below on the way to the water.

first launch 2019

More sun on the way, more boats to float…

With any luck the cold grip of winter has finally given way to the hope and warmth of Spring. Meanwhile dockside, dock boxes are now out ready to stow your gear, dockside electric is on.

UPDATE -4-5-19: The dockside water is on. The forecast looks like freezing evening temps may finally be over, so we were able to turn on water systems this week for your convenience.

Also, the gas docks are now open during Store/Office hours.

sunny boat

“R” Hours and Yours… 

With the start of April our current hours are 10 am to 4pm seven days a week at the marina. The Service Department is open from 8 am to 5pm as the service crew is very busy this time of year out fixing boats. If you need service please call or stop by the office, we can schedule your work. Or if you have questions feel free to visit us on the weekends as well. We are here to help.

R office hours

We hope to see you dockside!

The Dock is in…Now Open Weekends!

Need to see a dock? No appointment needed…

The boating season is just around the corner here at our lake erie marina, in fact you should be getting your launch orders any day now. Plus, the docks are in, Gas Docks soon to follow as we get excited to put the marina back toward “Summer Mode”.

Live, Love, Launch…

Next up will be launch orders arriving in your mailbox. Please take the time to carefully review the items you may need us to perform, then just return them and we will get you on the schedule. If you need assistance filling them out, we are NOW OPEN WEEKENDS 10am to 3pm, BOTH SATURDAY and SUNDAY.  Feel free to stop in for a visit, we are happy help.

boat on rig

Where would your boat like to spend the summer?

If your looking for a place to take the whole crew for the summer, we hope you give us a visit. Your family fun marina has plenty of great docks available and now is the time to make plans for the summer ahead. Stop in a let us show you what we have to offer.

We hope to see you dockside!

Docks in