A family boat needs to be able to allow 6-8 people to spend a day, or several, in comfort while traveling from one point of interest to another. However, to do so while standing out from the parade represents a formidable challenge. The DutchCraft 56 makes it look easy. Essentially a two-level mobile island (guests can enjoy the view from the expansive hardtop), the DutchCraft 56’s beam of almost 17 feet delivers scads of space. Laid out in center console style, it flows from the forward sunpads past the flybridge and helm, the dining area and aft seating area to a swing-down transom that converts to a swim platform. Down below is a full-beam master stateroom plus 3 guest staterooms. The optional jet-drive system allows it to safely cruise in just 3 feet of water, allowing access to 99% of all the waterways on the planet — from the forests of the Amazon to the docks of Bayside. With a top speed of 40 knots, you’ll never arrive late, no matter what your final destination; DutchCraft.com.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.