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.

Cool is the rule at your homeport!

We’re chill’n……Falls always thrill’n.

The leaves are turning and so are the temps as we went from 90 degrees the previous week to more fall like temps in the mid 60’s this week. This is good news as the Lake cools down, the Perch fishing is much more likely to heat up.  Looks like a sunny and cool weekend forecast at your Family Fun Marina.

R marina

“Fall”-O us….

Of course this week was also the very first week of Pull-Out and as you can see below the first boat is already winterized and tarped as a sign of things to come.

romps marina

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)
  • Then Complete Pull-Out order and carefully check services you require (Need help? Please stop and see us for assistance or questions.)
  • 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.

We hope to see you dockside!

bird on boat

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

THIS AFTERNOON...Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Mostly sunny.
Waves 1 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT…Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest. A
chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet.
Waves occasionally around 6 feet. A small craft advisory will be
needed.
SATURDAY…Northwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Mostly
sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT…West winds 10 knots or less becoming south.
Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Waves
2 feet or less.
SUNDAY…South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers during the day. Waves 1 foot or less.
 

It’s Autumn-matic at your Homeport….

We “fall” for it every time (of year).

The leaves will soon start to change color as the official start to fall arrives at your homeport Saturday. Of course the forecast for the weekend is Autumn like with temps in the high 60’s and some showers mixed in; so there’s what we like to call a preview of coming attractions.

fall vermilion river

Oil we want to do, is help you….

When prepping for the fall to come, the very first place to start would be making sure to put your boat to bed with clean oil. We are changing oil all this week and most of next, so if you haven’t turned in your Oil Change Order, please do so now that we can get you on the schedule prior to Pull-Out beginning. Your boat’s engine will thank you.

R oil change

Ready, Set, PULL!

Now is also a great time to plan your boat’s winter storage needs and we are here to help. You can stop in and let us help make your pull-out hassle free and orderly by answering any questions or concerns you may have. We are open both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

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

Then, it’s that time of year again. The Woolybear Festival arrives in Vermilion Sunday and with it some cooler temps for the festivities.


This all takes place Sunday the 23rd.

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/

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY...Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east. A slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms early this afternoon. A
chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Southeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south 15 to
20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY…South winds 15 to 25 knots becoming southwest. Showers
and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Waves 1 to 3 feet
building to 3 to 5 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
FRIDAY NIGHT…West winds 15 to 25 knots becoming north. Showers
and thunderstorms likely in the evening. Waves 3 to 6 feet. Waves
occasionally around 7 feet.
SATURDAY…Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots. Waves 1 to 3 feet
subsiding to 1 foot or less.
SUNDAY...Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots becoming east. Waves
2 feet or less.

Stop Wishing, Start Fishing….

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?

vermilion river

Something’s fishy in Vermilion…

As anglers have stopped to get fuel at Romp’s Gas Docks, we are starting to see more and 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.

fishy

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.

KT PIC

Sit back, Relax, and Enjoy the view…

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

Your weekend forecast (NWS):

TODAY…Southeast winds less than 10 knots becoming northeast.
Areas of dense fog early. Visibility one quarter mile or less at
times early. Waves 1 foot or less.
TONIGHT…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming east. Partly
cloudy. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY…East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast. Mostly
sunny. Waves 1 foot or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT…Northeast winds 10 knots or less becoming
southeast. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
SUNDAY…East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Waves
2 feet or less.