Tired of soggy subway (Regatta food) sandwiches or the mystery cooler water in that bag of veggies? Freeze water saturated diapers and put them on the bottom of the food cooler (Wrap in tinfoil or plastic bag). Gives you more space than frozen water bottles and will last a long time. New ones work better than old ones:)
This is a hidden gem next to the Skyway. It used to be the Sunspree. Great little marina and has two pools, hot tub, elevated tiki bar, restaurant and a deli. They are fine with people anchoring out and enjoying the faciliies as well. For events they have decent rooms that are about $100 a night for the land yachters. If you want to get a slip I suggest calling well in advance. http://www.marinacoveresort.com/
You finally get the big boat you want and find a great mooring. However, the birds enjoy your boat as much as you do. I found a great little option that works well to keep away feathered crew from sitting on the rails. It takes about 10 minutes to do every time but it does save the hours of scrubbing off bird poop that has the consistency of cement. Go to your local hardware store and buy large zip ties and a spool of nylon line or monofiliment. Put the zip ties on your bow and stern rail with the tails up. I spread them out about 6 inches apart. Birds usually like to sit at the bow and stern the most. Next, zig zag your line from the bow back to the stern about a foot or two apart. If you are having birds on the spreaders hoist up a small section of plastic construction fence. If you do not mind looking like the Clampets, it works. Other options are to use more nylon line and hoist the line but have the bottom tied around 2 feet from the base of the mast so the angle deters landing. When it is time to sail, just coil the line like normal and save it for next time. Zip ties are cheap, leave them on or cut them everytime. For those who have experienced the winged horror this does work well.
UK Sailmakers 2100 20th St Sarasota 941-365-SAIL (7245)