Sara­sota, FL

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE -

Ev­ery­one should be proud of their home­port, right? I have lived in a num­ber of gar­den spots around the U.S., but have had the good for­tune to re­tire in Sara­sota, one of the all-time great lo­ca­tions. I lived here for sev­eral years back in the ’80s when my ca­reer drew me to Sara­sota, but there’s an old say­ing around this area that once you get that sand in your shoes you can never get it out. And as a boater, I truly can’t imag­ine a more suit­able spot for liv­ing the dream. (That’s one of the rea­sons we named our cur­rent boat Dream.) We keep Dream at Long­boat Key Club Moor­ings, a world-class fa­cil­ity on stun­ning Long­boat Key with Sara­sota Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mex­ico on the other. An easy bi­cy­cle ride down Gulf of Mex­ico Drive gets you to world-fa­mous St. Ar­mands Cir­cle, where there are shops, bars, and res­tau­rants. If you re­ally like to be in the mid­dle of ev­ery­thing, dock at Ma­rina Jack in the heart of down­town Sara­sota; from here, it’s an easy walk to scores of shops, bars, res­tau­rants, and art gal­leries. But the real beauty of liv­ing in this boater’s par­adise is all of the other des­ti­na­tions that are just a day or two or three of cruis­ing away. Throw in plenty of sun­shine, great fish­ing, and those beau­ti­ful sandy beaches that are truly be­yond com­pare and what more could a boater ask for? —Larry Tibbe

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