Lets give them pumpkin to talk about…

Temps that go boo in the night…..

The real October has started to rear its 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.

scary tower

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 may be turned off and winterized in the coming weeks as cold evening temps have brought the threat of freezing temps in the coming days ahead. So plan ahead as the temps fall with the leaves.

Fall leaves

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 (South Shore Shopping Halloween) through the 31st ( full City).

Halloween

Scariest picture of all…. Now is the time to get ready, long before the “S” word arrives!

snow boats

We hope to see you dockside!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming light and variable.
Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Light and variable winds becoming southeast 5 to
10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Waves
2 feet or less.

 

Pull-Out Season; a good reason… to get ready.

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.

boat in lift

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.

fall sky

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….

frozen boat

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Mostly
sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast. Partly
cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves
2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west
15 to 20 knots. Showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest. A
chance of showers during the day. Waves 3 to 6 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Waves 3 to 6 feet.

 

 

Time to Grin and Woolly-bear it….

This weekend could be a “Bear”, and that’s a good thing.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Woollybear Festival arrives in Vermilion and with it some cooler temps for boaters.

wooly

For those of you unfamiliar with the Woollybear festival it started as a small project of Dick Goddard involving the forecasting of winter, and grew over the years to nearly 100,000 folks visiting our little town.  The Woollybear Caterpillar is said to be a great predictor of the upcoming winter season. The thicker the coat, and varied dimensions of the Woollybears rings the harsher the winter and then again the lighter the coat and coloring the fairer the cold conditions are said to be.

Dick_Goddard_Woollybear

Of course it’s more then just about bugs, there will be entertainment, food stuffs and all kinds of family friendly activity throughout the downtown.

w1

This all takes place Sunday the 6th.

What this means for Romp’s Dockers

Not much will change here at Romp’s. You still will be able to access the marina like usual, and your dockside parking will not be affected. There will be kids out front of the marina parking cars for Vermilion Soccer club. They will let any marina dockers pass without issue.

The only thing you need concern yourselves with will be traffic. There will be a lot of folks coming into town, and a parade at mid-day closing downtown. So if your coming out to the boat, our suggestion is come early and avoid the rush.  More on Woolybear activities here…@ http://vermilionchamber.net/

That said the forecast could be a mix for both Bears and Boaters.

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

REST OF TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west and
increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Patchy fog late this morning. A
slight chance of showers late this morning, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms early this afternoon. A slight chance
of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest. A chance
of showers. Waves 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast 10 to
15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to
4 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming east.
Partly cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY…Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming south. A
chance of showers Saturday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to
2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 10 to
15 knots. Showers likely during the day, then a chance of showers
Sunday night. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet, then
subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.

 

What you really Autumn know…

Is Summer better than autumn? That’s a fall-acy.

Okay, so the Summer Season has officially ended what with near 90 degree temps last weekend. That is how you go out with fond memories. Despite much of our staff headed back toward educational pursuits, we were very excited to have all the activity dockside. Now this weekend is already shaping up into a cooler, yet seasonably pleasant forecast. One that could be perfect for, say, a soup night.

Fall skies

“Fall”-O us….

Of course this coming week will also be the very first week of Pull-Out and so if you haven’t given the process a thought. Now is the time for captains to start planning, and we are here to help.

clean bottom

Pull-Pull-Pull the boat, gently spray with steam….

With Pull-Out season arriving, we thought we would get you started with a check list of sorts. We recommend the following steps to get you started in the right direction

  • First off, now is the time to Complete and Turn in your Oil Change order (last call this week)R oil change
  • Then Complete Pull-Out order and carefully check services you require (Need help? Please stop in and let us assist you or help answer your questions.)
  • Important step: Circle the week you would like pulled out of the water (so we can get you scheduled).
  • Please Indicate if you need to be present (though you do not need to)
  • Also, please label Keys with your name and turn into office (or indicate where we might find them if elsewhere)
  • Inspect your cradle or jacks for repairs that may be needed (for those without trailers)
  • Then drop off your trailer the weekend prior to your pull-out date, please remember to put your name on the front of your trailer (we get alot of trailers dropped off)
  • Then Pump out your head (toilet) (very important that it is as empty as possible)
  • Your Gas tank should be at 3/4 full. (too little gas leads to condensation and too much may lead to venting)
  • Check your battery’s charge (just make sure the boat starts).
  • It is best to remove all non-essential materials/electronics from boat (best to be stored in dry warm environment)
  • Please provide engine access (sometimes there are so many items stored on the engine hatch that work has to be delayed)
  • Check your tie lines so they may be removed (any screws or elaborate knotting can cause issues)
  • Please empty your dock box so we may store it for the winter

Do it yourself(ers)

  • This is very important: Draining of oil should be done into proper containers then sealed and cannot go into the trash, or dumpster, please see us for proper handling and disposal.
  • Use EPA/environmentally approved products (especially antifreeze).

That should get you started. If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to ask, we here to help every day from 9am to 5pm, including Saturday and Sunday if you would like to stop by.

plan ahead

We hope to see you dockside!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
REST OF TODAY…West winds 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves 1 to 3
feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest less than
10 knots. Clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 10 to 15 knots. Sunny in the morning, then
becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest.
Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming northeast. A
chance of showers. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southeast. Waves 1 to
3 feet.

 

We’re So-fish-ticated…..

Hook, Line, and Thinker…

So the kids are back in school, and maybe all the after school activities have you running around the county. Well, we have just the thing you need to slow down and relax. How about a day on the lake with just a hook in the water?

Fish cooler

Something’s fishy in Vermilion…

As anglers have stopped to get fuel at Romp’s Gas Docks, we know the walleye have been monsters this year, yet we are starting to see a little more perch in their coolers. That is a good sign for both the folks who love to eat perch and tarter sauce sales. Now may be the time to get the rod and reel out and fill some coolers of your own.

By the way what did one fish say to the other?
Keep your mouth shut and you’ll never get caught.

jaws

Free Sunsets…Just add water.

Or maybe fishing isn’t your angle, there are plenty of free sunsets left to enjoy, as well as a Lake that is still near 70 degrees. Put that together with a forecast in the mid 80’s and we have another great weekend on tap at your Family Fun Marina.

For folks starting to think Pull-Out, oil change orders are out and being completed this week and next. If you would like to put your boat to bed with fresh oil, please let us know. Our crew would be happy to get your service taken care of. We have additional Oil Change orders in the store if you need assistance.

R oil change

We hope to see you dockside at our Lake Erie Marina.

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Sunny.
Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT…East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. Mostly clear.
Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Mostly sunny.
Waves 1 foot or less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…South winds 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves
1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south and
increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day,
then showers likely Sunday night. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Late Summer has us hanging with our grill friends.

How to avoid pier pressure.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that in “R” news this week.

Of course with much of our staff back to school Dairy Dock is closed for the season. We thank everyone for a terrific 2019 and all the support. Double D will be back before you know it. Also, the gas docks will be self serve during the week, including pump-outs, so please plan accordingly. We will have staff here on weekends if you need assistance.

Now on to the good news, the weatherman has issued a SPF alert for this weekend with temps near 80 or better for both weekend days. The picture below was taken this week; what a flat lake.

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What has one foot (or less) and no socks?

Your weekend forecast. Sunday looks like a great day to get out on the lake and take the boat for a trip. The water is still warm enough to enjoy a dip at the beach. It should be the best of both worlds this weekend with pleasant temps and sunny days. You can go out and get that last big walleye.

sunset

Or just hang out at the dock with your grill friends…

Sunrise marina

It’s ABOAT time…

We all deserve a little more Summer..Here’s hoping you get yours at Romp’s lake erie marina. We hope to see you dockside.

Your weekend Forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Northwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming northeast 15 to
20 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms early, then a
slight chance of showers late this morning. Waves 2 feet or less
building to 3 to 5 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming east. Mostly
cloudy. Waves 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
FRIDAY…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming south. Showers
and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet
subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west.
Showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…West winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. Waves
1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet, then subsiding to 2 feet or
less.
SUNDAY…South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest. Waves
1 foot or less.

 

 

Celebrate Labor Day by Avoiding Work!

 Close down, Log Out, Switch off, Relax and Boat….

laborday

President Abraham Lincoln once said that “Labor is the superior of capitol” and boy did he get that right. As all the hardworking folks who dock at Romp’s can attest, this weekend is well deserved time off from the daily grind and, more importantly, time to relax and have some fun.

Labor Day also brings with it a change in seasons at our home-port. The Pool will be weekends only starting  Tuesday Sept 3rd and will close for the season Sept 9th. So we hope you get out and make a splash!

pool

Finally, we also have to add that Putter-Port will be open from 1pm to 10pm Sat-Sun-Mon this weekend, then will close for the season as well. So now is the time to get the crew onto the back 9.

Putter Port

Whether your just chill’n or grill’n…

We hope you enjoy your weekend at your Family Fun Marina.  We hope to see you dockside!

mum

Your weekend forecast (NWS):.

REST OF TODAY…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves
1 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to
20 knots. Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly
cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet.
FRIDAY…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 5 to
15 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 foot or
less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast.
Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Waves
2 feet or less.
SATURDAY…East winds 10 to 15 knots. A chance of showers
Saturday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…East winds 5 to 10 knots. A chance of showers. Waves
2 feet or less.
MONDAY…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming south. Waves
1 foot or less.

Life is cool by the pool…Plus sooo much more!

Chlorine is the new perfume…

So the weather forecast is calling for a bit of a cool down here at your homeport, yet the pool heat is always on. So get the crew ready for some splashdown on what will be a pleasantly cool, yet sunny weekend with temps in the mid-70’s.

Or Treat Yourself to the taste of summer…

Life’s too short, eat desert first the old saying goes, because you can always find some “Cone-vincing” things to do while dockside. Maybe try a new flavor at the Dairy Dock. We have more then just vanilla (not that anything is wrong with vanilla). Have a Delicious Day!

Ice cream

Season’s cleanings

So your boat isn’t quite up to the same old speed as the summer months pass; we have the cure. Let us get your ship back in shape with a good boat bottom cleaning. This will save you money, because it will save you gas. Don’t let the rest of the season be a drag; contact the office to arrange your spruce up as the boating season still has a couple of months left to go.

clean boat

We hope to see you dockside!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…North winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northeast and
diminishing to 5 to 10 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms early, then a chance of showers. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves
1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY…Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to
3 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 15 to
20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to
4 feet.
SATURDAY…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots becoming east 10 to
15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.
SUNDAY…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to
20 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet.

 

Every summer has a story…

What is yours?

Is it the fishing? Or a dip at the beach? Or even just relaxing at the pool or a cookout in a picnic shelter; summer is in full swing at your homeport. As the dawn breaks on yet another seasonably mild day, the forecast for weekend boating is another good one.

Enjoy, relax, soak, and unwind…rinse, repeat.

We know the back to school bug has hit and many folks are busy with their family life, yet there is so much warm weather left to be enjoyed. Get outside now, there will be plenty of time to be indoors much later in the year.

Sunsets Lake Erie

We hope to see you dockside at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina!

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest. Patchy fog
early. Isolated showers and thunderstorms through early
afternoon. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms overnight. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest. A
chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. A chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 2 feet.

 

 

Enjoying summer one splash at a time!

Oh buoy!

This is going to sound like a broken record, as the weekend forecast is once again Sunny Skies and Calm Seas. Plus, as a bonus, the temps are going to be on the mild side for your dockside enjoyment.

dockside at romps

Life’s a Beach, enjoy it!

Did you know that not to very far from us there is a public beach right in the center of town? Just go to Main Street and hang a right. Walaa… a big pubic beach for the sand castle builder in all of us. Of course it’s BYOBC (bring your on beach chair), but the temps will be perfect for flip-flopping in the sand, and the water a balmy 78 degrees.

V-beach

A lot of sunsets left…

There are a lot of sunsets left, just ask our friend Bob Moss (his picture below). Now it the time to take advantage of some of this great weather and get outside with nature. We hope to see you dockside at your favorite Lake Erie Marina.

bob moss sunset

Your weekend forecast (NWS):
TODAY…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest 15 to
20 knots. A slight chance of showers this morning, then a slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms early this afternoon. Waves
1 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT…West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 10 to
15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 1 to 3 feet.
FRIDAY…Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or
less.
FRIDAY NIGHT…Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear.
Waves 2 feet or less
SATURDAY…Northwest winds 10 knots or less becoming southwest.
Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY…Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west. Waves
1 foot or less.