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Champlin’s Marina on Block Island is one of the epicenters of island tourism gone wild, with boats.

It’s hard to describe how crazed the overcrowded Champlin’s docks can be on a summer day, but one of the best examples I can think of was a full-on party I saw underway one morning aboard a big cabin cruiser.

It was an hour when most of us are still working on coffee, but the boat partyers at Champlin’s were well on their way to the cocktail part of their day, with loud drunken shouts and cries and amplified music drifting out over the otherwise tranquil harbor.

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