Art of Boat Building, Admiralty Bay
St. Vincent + the Grenadines
Concierge.com's insider take:
Bequia has a long tradition of handcrafted boat-making, and the island used to supply the entire Grenadines with schooners and fishing vessels. Today, the art form has just about died off, preserved almost solely in the workshops where model boats are made. Two of the best are Mauvin's and Sargeant Brothers near Admiralty Bay (Timothy and Lawson Sargeant, 784-458-3344). Mauvin Hutchinson has been working at his trade for almost 40 years, taking weeks at a time to create a single commission. You can watch him and other craftsmen carve elaborately detailed minisea vessels, which today have become a symbol of the island, much like their full-scale forebears were a generation ago (www.bequiatourism.com/arts.htm).