Romps Lake Erie Marina

Lake Erie's Family Fun Marina Since 1957

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The New Romps.com v/ 7.0 … “R” Internet Journey.

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.

rwp v2

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!

Have a Sweet Valentine’s Day…

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.

winter tower heart

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…

funny boating candy

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.

boat couple

After all the saying goes, “All you need is love, but a little boating never hurts”;

We hope to see you dockside!

Look at the bright-side..52 Days until launch.

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.

marina sunny day

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.

Saying goodbye to Laura “Peeps” Romp, a great lady..

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. )
Laura was born July 15, 1921 in Berea, Ohio. She grew up on Cleveland’s West Side and Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
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.
 
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Laura loved boating and taking care of her family. She was a born caregiver. In the Fall of 1959 she helped establish the Vermilion Booster Club and became the first president. She was a past member of the Vermilion Boat Club and a member of the Vermilion, United Church of Christ, Congregational.
(Pic Below of the marina at time of purchase)
Laura and Robb moved to Eustis, Florida in 1970 but always spent time in Vermilion during the Summers. After the death of Robb in 1996 she returned to Vermilion and resided there until she moved to Birmingham, AL in 2011 to be closer to her son Tom’s family.
(Laura “Peeps Romp, below)
She is survived by her children, Tom and Martha Jane Romp of Birmingham, AL and Bill and Molly Romp of Vermilion, Ohio and Mount Dora, Florida; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
(Tom and Martha Jane on the left, Molly and Bill Romp on the right with Laura’s grandchildren)
She was preceded in death by her husband Robb N. Romp; her parents, Roland and Elsie Schmitt; and four brothers.
( Robb and Peeps, left –  Molly and Bill, right)

 

There will be a Memorial Service in Vermilion, Ohio announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to your local Hospice or to
The United Church of Christ Handicap Fund, 990 State St, Vermilion, Ohio, 44089.

Next Up, “R” Open House..and You!

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.

Sunset Romps

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!

Open House Romps 2

 

Open House 18

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