Another 50 to celebrate..Happy Anniversary Bill and Molly

We just wanted to get a shout out to Bill and Molly on their 50th Anniversary. Though now spending their winters in sunny Florida, they will be back to Vermilion soon. So in the mean time we wish them all the happiness we can from the shores of Lake Erie.


Here’s where it all started…. “R” founders Robb and Peeps (Laura) on the left, Bill and Molly on the right.


And just for fun, here’s what the boats looked like 50 years ago! See you dockside!


Some Legends are true…This one is 50 years in the making.

First off with the approach of April, there is a very important milestone that is about to be reached. Our very own service manager, Chuch Sooy is closing in on an incredible 50 years of service here at your home-port!

(click on the article to enlarge it, courtesy of Scuttlebutt Magazine and Karl Sooy)


Now before you mis-read this, Chuck is not retiring, he is just setting the bar ever higher as one of the greatest in Lake Erie’s history. Just to put some scale on this accomplishment, we estimate that Chuck has winterized over 14,000 boats in his career, and that’s just fall services.  We and the boating community are very grateful for every one of his 50 years.

Also, this weekend we also will be Open Saturday to show any new Captain’s and Crews what we have to offer, so if your in out looking for a new place to drop anchor, stop by dockside. We would love to show you around.

After all the Lake is getting bluer by the minute. We hope to see you dockside!

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    Luck of the Irish!


    We want to wish all of our captains and crews a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s hoping the road does indeed rise up to meet you. Here at your home-port we count ourselves to be very fortunate to have gone through a very tough winter and the subsequent thaw and ice flow without incident.


    As you can see in the picture above the ice is turning to very thin slush and with it we are inching ever closer to putting the docks in.

    Which means this will not be far behind.


    So enjoy your corn beef and cabbage and know that it won’t be long until we kick things off here at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina. Because as every boater knows, there may not be a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, but if your lucky enough to be on a boat on a calm lake, you’re lucky enough!

    We hope to see you dockside!

    Days are getting warmer….Spring just around the corner.

    What a week of warmer weather can do for the spirits! Just after leaving the coldest February ever recorded, we find ourselves in a nice week of mild temps. As the snow slowly melts away, and with it those winter blahs. We are already getting Launch Orders ready to mail out to a mailbox near you.

    So soon we can go from this (taken at 9am this morning):


    To this:


    So hang in there, Spring has almost sprung here at your Home-port!.. For those out and about this weekend be sure to stop in and say hi. We’re Open Saturday from 10-3 for your convenience.

    You can also check in with us on Facebook for daily marina updates.

    We hope to see you dockside!

    Thaw out your spring plans…. Now Open Saturdays!

    With each passing day we are inching closer and closer to seasonable temps and with it plans for a spring launch. Right now we are working on launch orders so we can get them in the mail in hopes that when the thermometer goes up, the docks can go in. While it may seem early yet to talk of launching boats with snow still on the ground, these things have a way of sneaking up on the unprepared.

    So we’ve started the countdown clock towards spring.

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  • As you can see it won’t be to long and things will look like this again!


    If your out and about and you want to talk spring and launch, or if your new to boating and your looking for a place to call your home-port stop in and see why Romp’s is Lake Erie’s Family Fun Marina.

    We’re Open on Saturday from 10-3 and we’ll have the coffee on for you!….So we hope to see you dockside.


    Warm thoughts for Cold Days….

    There’s an old saying that goes “The future always holds a chance for improvement” and no where is this more true then during an Ohio Winter. Here at your Homeport we are soooooo looking forward to the Boating Season just around the corner, we literally can’t wait.

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    In fact today we’re here to remind you of some warm thoughts, of Summer fun at here Romp’s, of kids playing and days fishing and relaxing on the lake. That with the heat of summer the cold memories of winter will melt away. This, we hope, will help get you through these winter blahs.


    So even though the white stuff may be blowing and piling up outside, just know that it won’t be long until we are right back in the swing of things here at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina. We look forward to serving all of our captains and crews and above all promise to not make a single complaint about the heat this summer, not one!

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    So hang in there, summer will arrive on schedule and when it does we’ll be ready, we promise!


    Despite the cold, we’re thinking Spring..

    We know that it’s hard to think warm thoughts when Mother Nature keeps piling on the cold. But we’re here to tell you that there will be a spring and we are sooooo looking forward to it.


    So why the winter blahs may have you in their grips for the moment, just remember that it won’t last forever and when summer finally shows itself, we here at your home-port will be ready for all your boating needs. After all, there is no better medicine to beat the wintertime blues then some good old sunshine and making a splash or two. We hope to see you dockside!


    Happy Valentine…to the one that floats your boat!~

    We would like to wish everyone a very happy St. Valentine’s Day this Saturday. As everyone knows that there is nothing more romantic then long sunset cruises on Lake Erie during those great summer evenings, you will have to remind your significant other that the boating season is not that far off.


    In a couple more weeks,  there will be plenty of time to start planning those great times together outdoors with loved ones. Maybe you can get them some flowers or candy as a reminder such as these.


    Either way, we know that it’s a good time for couples to show their appreciation for each other and wish everyone a great day. After all it was the Beatles that said, “Love is all you need”, and who are we to disagree with that, Enjoy!


    Cold?… Think Warm Thoughts!

    We know it’s tough to get through an Ohio winter, the best way is to start thinking warm thoughts about the Spring and Summer days that follow.


    We want you to know that while the snow may be flying outside, we’re inside getting things ready for the next great boating season right around the corner.


    So look for the the little signs, like the days are getting longer, to know what we will be ready when you are at your home-port. And when your ready to decide where your boat wants to spend the summer give us a call here at Romp’s Lake Erie Marina, we’d love to get you thinking warm thoughts!


    Till then we hope to see you dockside!


    Thank You…to the best customers anywhere!

    We had such a great time at “R” Open House and the turnout was so well attended that we thought we would take a minute and say thanks to all who attended.


    Of course a business is only as good as it’s customers, so in that regard we think we are fortunate to have some of the best anywhere. To brave the cold and snowy conditions to share a day of talk about sunshine and the days of flat lakes ahead, it truly was great fun.


    If your crew is looking for a new place to drop anchor, then look no further, we would love to have you stop by and let us show you what we have to offer. After all Summer will soon be approaching so ask yourself this one important question “Where would my boat like to spend the summer?”



    Thanks again to all of our Captains and Crews, and for future Captains… we hope to see you dockside at your favorite Lake Erie Marina!