11.04 or Natty ~ Beta1 ~ additional panel function

Any one else having trouble with getting a third panel to remain functional through reboots?
I do not like or wish to use the Unity side panel

[it's just bloat that flakes] but have tried and like something similar to it by creating a third panel; moving it to left side; putting frequently accessed programs in it, and using it instead of the menu system or unity. I also put it in hide mode. It works fine for the session but on shut down and reboot/nextboot the third panel is no longer set up or working. Wuuuduuuup
I might get use to Unity if it had a hide feature....
If it's suppose to it aint woikin here!!!
Thanx SW

11.04 or Natty ~ Beta1 ~ additional panel function

I guess I didn't ask a solid question:
How may I get the side panel that I created to stay functional thru reboots and successive sessions?