St. Thomas, USVI
Concept Special Risk
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Water Skis Adult:
Yes, off scoops
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Captain: Wade Phillip Ball
Tippee & Wade are no strangers to the water or to entertaining friends and family. And they are very excited to be on the Caribbean charter scene! There is nothing they are more passionate about than watching friends and family enjoying their Lagoon 450F and making memories.
Their motto is “Dream it. Then do it”. And that’s exactly what they are doing. Both have an entrepreneurial spirit and love the challenge of a new adventure. They both retired early from the corporate world after 30 years and immediately started an online business and began to execute on their dream of owning a catamaran and chartering in the Virgin Islands. Both love to travel, but the Virgin Islands stole their hearts a few years prior when they were married on St John, so this is where they decided to execute their dream!
A funny story they tell is that when they met, Wade was an “all power” toy aficionado. He owned several “power toys” including a power boat. Tippee had developed a passion for sailing in her 20’s while sailing off the beach in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. And she preferred the quieter art of sailing versus power. When first asked about sailing, Wade’s response was “I don’t sail, I like power and speed”. That all quickly changed when Tippee planned their first sailing adventure off the coast of South Carolina. He loves to shut off the engines on their lagoon 450F and just listen to the wind. And as they say “the rest is history”.
Wade and Tippee have five children, ranging in age from 20-30 years old. Four daughters and one son. They also have three grandchildren. When they aren’t sailing or traveling, spending time with them is their favorite thing to do. They also love to fish and Tippee usually catches the biggest fish! But Wade is ok with that as long as it’s something she can cook for him.
Tippee’s love of cooking was inspired early in her life by friends and family who shaped her culinary talents. She continues to actively educate herself and learn new flavors and techniques in her culinary art. Her famous pasta with Italian Gravy is a frequently requested item from friends and family.
Wade has always loved the water, owning boats since college. Since falling in love with sailing, he has been actively educating himself on both the art of sailing and has received his captain’s license. Wade is an avid DIY’er and has ample opportunity to use his talents on the boat.
Whiskey Business also has a third crew member. He’s a four legged crew member who greets guests and enamors them with his piercing blue eyes. “Bo”, part husky and part gray hound was rescued by Tippee when he was three months old and is very emotionally intelligent! He’s never met a stranger and he might just be your favorite crew member. "Bo" can be boarded upon request.
Tippee & Wade believe that experiences and adventures are the best gift you can give your family and friends. And they love being part of helping others make memories to last a lifetime. They look forward to helping you and your family or friends make amazing memories on Whiskey Business!
****CREW HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****
We chartered on Whiskey Business June 15 - 22, 2022. From the moment we stepped aboard, Tippee, Wade, & Bo welcomed us and made us feel at home, on their home.
The five of us could not have experienced a better week. It was flawless and pure enjoyment. We were in a stress free environment. They took care of everything and there was nothing too difficult for Tippee and Wade to do for us.
We sailed; we swam; we fished; we hiked; we snorkeled; we paddled on the SUPs; we spent time on a beach and had lunch delivered to us by Tippee and Wade. And, we helped celebrate Tippee’s birthday with a live music concert on board. With all of those activities, there was still time to relax, read, chat and laugh together. It was perfect!
We chose the all inclusive option and are so glad we did. Tippee is an exemplary chef. She made magic happen in the galley. No matter whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we were never disappointed. The meals from the galley rival 5 star restaurants, thanks to Tippee’s expertise and innovations. Wade is an excellent captain. But, also, his ability to mix up a variety of delicious drinks is simply the best. Again, never disappointed. He was continually making sure we we had the equipment needed for all our aquatic adventures. And, Bo was a wonderful companion for our sailing adventure. Bo charmed us all, greeting us every morning with loving nudges and kisses.
This vacation and our time aboard Whiskey Business with Tippee, Wade, & Bo was just wonderful! We felt comfortable, pampered, and loved. We cherish the memories we have from this wonderful and memorable vacation. Our time together has made us lifelong friends and we look forward to another adventure in the future
We all recommend trying a sailing charter on Whiskey Business. You will not be disappointed.
Diane, Page, Missy, Donna , & Denise
Our family of four just finished a week with Tippee and Wade on Raisin’ Sail charters and had a fantastic time. They did a great job making sure they knew what we were hoping for, and handled everything - planning and logistics, drinks and meals, activities and outings, safety, and comfort - beautifully.
The boat cabins and shared spaces were spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, the drinks and meals were outstanding, we had just the right combination of activities and down time, and Tippee and Wade were generally just a great team at making sure we were taken care of at every step. And on top of all of that, they were fun to be around and became instant friends.
If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime vacation… this is it!! Tippee and Wade are the best pair you can ask for! And Bo makes you feel right at home ❤️🐶 these two gave us the best experience we could have asked for! From incredible meals, beautiful destinations, and memories we will never forget. This is a must do. Wade is so attentive and an amazing Captain. He had us laughing the entire trip! Tippee will have you never wanting to leave the boat in fear you might miss one of her delicious treats! Be ready to leave with happy hearts and snug pants 🤣 highly recommend this trip for families, friends, couples, and for all ages!!
Not enough words to describe how fabulous our experience was on Whisky Business! From the first phone call with Tippee to the moment we left with 2 new friends- absolutely fantastic. The food was fun, delicious and set the tone for a great meal every time. Tippee & Wade opened up their home to us and that's what it felt like - home on the water. Thank you Captain Wade, Tippee & our favorite 4 legged friend - Bo; for changing the way we look at travel!!
Diane and I had an incredible week on Whiskey Business (best name ever)!!! Wade, who I knew from a prior work life, and Tippee were excellent hosts and friends to us. They made us feel at “home”. While we thought we would mainly hang out on the boat (which we did a lot), we tried everything they had to offer: snorkeling, paddle-boarding, hiking, hammocks, music, etc. Having tracked their Facebook page for over a year, we knew Tippee’s food would be excellent, and it surpassed our expectations. We even got to be the 1st ones to try the new pizza oven, and the pizza was great. And we must shout out to Wade as an excellent mixologist! They took us to beautiful bays and cities and recommended various places to drink and eat and none disappointed.
As Wade and Tippee say…….DREAM IT. THEN DO IT!
I really can’t find the words to describe how incredible this past week was for us on the Whiskey Business. Wade and Tippee exceeded all our expectations on every level … food, drink, entertainment, relaxation, fun…every single category. We left knowing we will 1000% be back! In fact, one couple in our group already booked for next year…before we even left the boat. Our family grew by 2 this week … Tippee and Wade will forever be in our hearts and a part of our family!
“Until the next hello!”
Checked a bucket list item off with a trip to St Thomas and St John. Spent a couple days at a hotel on St Thomas then toured St John and it’s National Park with Raisin’Sail Island Charters on Whiskey Business. The girls took a introduction to scuba class and went on their first dive. We snorkeled with sea turtles, we hiked to see petroglyphs and old sugar mill ruins, we laughed and ate. We spent 4 nights moored in National park waters. We come home well rested.
Thank you Wade & Tippee Bishop Ball for taking such good care us and opening your boat and sharing you dog Bo with us. It was a week we will never forget.
On our last day of a weeklong charter on Whiskey Business, I asked our 11-year-old son what was his favorite part of this vacation. He didn't even have to think about his answer. EVERYTHING. That was his answer. EVERYTHING. I realized then it was my answer, too. There was no way I could pinpoint the best part of the week living aboard one of the most beautiful boats in one of the most beautiful places with two of the most beautiful people, Captain Wade and Chef Tippee. We felt safe and comfortable in the capable hands of Captain Wade, who navigated the waters of the USVI as if he'd been doing it since birth. We were treated each and every meal with home-cooked love - every meal felt like a special Sunday supper. The boat itself felt like home in its comfort and in how welcoming Wade and Tippee made us feel. I could truly go on and on and on. I'll just leave this strong recommendation with this. My husband and I have traveled quite a bit and we both said, bar none, a week on Whiskey Business was the best vacation of our lives. Little moments made for big memories and we'll be back to make some more. xxoo
This was a big bucket list trip for us an it was exceptional. Tippee and Wade and Bo are great hosts and the experience could not have been better. The food was gourmet, and they accommodated our tastes. The boat toys 6' paddle board, other paddle boards, big floatie, tent and chairs for the beach...we had everything we needed. Great experience with a floating taco bar and a boat concert!
Where to begin… what started off as a wedding week on the WhiskeyBusiness ended with life long friendships! Wade & Tippee are truly the most genuine people you will ever meet. Their soul purpose is to see you have an incredible experience on the Whiskey Business, as they invite you into their home, they are serving you memories I’m sure you have never experienced before. Wade is an incredible Captain, I felt completely safe at all times with his expertise and capabilities. Tippee is there to make sure you have the best food possible and is quite the chef indeed and all the food she prepares in just a little galley kitchen. Trust me, you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! We laughed, we cried, we bonded over drinks and well prepared gourmet food. The stories that were told had great belly laughs and you knew you would be sad to see it all come to an end. Wade & Tippe know the very best places to take you. You can hike, relax, water board, what ever you can dream, you can do on this catamaran. The accommodations were top notch. Each have their own bathroom as well. The beds were comfortable also. No TV folks, but don’t worry, you will forget about that 🤣. There’s no need when you’re in paradise. The best advise is this… DONT OVER THINK THIS TRIP, just book it before it’s too late. Wether it’s for your family or close friends, you will have the trip you’ve always dreamed. Thank you, Wade & Tippee, I miss y’all’s sweet faces already!! ♥️🐠🌴⛵️ till next time… oh wait, how can I forget BO, that’s the cutest blue eyed pup with you will EVER meet. Must like fur babies bc Bo is the first mate on this sail. Id say he was partial to me, but that be a lie, bc apparently he LOVES everyone
We were so HONORED to have Whiskey Business host our wedding! Captain Wade and Tippee Ball are a complete 5 Star Service . We highly recommend them and their vessel for your next USVI excursion. We chartered for a week with friends and had a trip of a lifetime! And the accommodations and food are DIVINE!!
What an absolutely incredible journey it has been this past week. Tippee and Wade and their dog Bo were the best hosts on their catamaran…Whiskey Business! We’ve made new, life-long friends and look forward to getting together again with them in the near future! This mighty Duo invited us aboard with open arms. Wade is the super captain of his boat and Tippee was a five star chef, turning out three incredible meals for eight people in that kitchen daily. Unbelievable! They will exceed your expectations in every way possible. We highly recommend chartering with them. We look forward to our next journeys with Tippee and Wade aboard Whiskey Business!
What an amazing experience on Whiskey Business between Christmas and New Years! You could not ask for better hosts with Wade, Tippee, and Bo. It truly was a vacation of a lifetime for our family. It was the perfect mix of relaxation and activity for our family of 5 including kids 10, 13 and 15. What better way to celebrate a kid’s birthday and New Years Eve. Wade and Tippee accommodated all of our requests and I couldn’t be happier with the experience, minus the few pounds gained on the trip, from all the fantastic meals. We look forward to our next trip on Whiskey Business.
A week on Whiskey Business with Tippee Wade was our first chartered sailing experience, and thanks to such an incredible experience, it wont be our last! PERFECT family vacation. A great balance between relaxation, family time and various activities - hiking, island exploration, snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. Wade and Tippee's hospitality and easy going nature made us feel relaxed and welcome, and they did everything possible to customize the trip to exceed our expectations - which they did! Can't even begin to say enough about the food and cocktails. It was an amazing week!
Our sailing trip on the Whiskey Business was perfect! We had 4 nights and five days of delicious and beautifully prepared food, we went to many different gorgeous coves where they had all the fun toys, boards, snorkel gear and anything we wanted to play in the ocean and they also took us to shore for trail hikes with gorgeous views! It was everything we dreamed of and our grown children were amazed! Our captains Tippee and Wade Ball were so kind, fun and informative so we could also learn all about the islands and their history! This was our second trip and can’t wait to book again!!
Our family chartered the Whiskey Business with Wade, Tippee, and Below deck Bo!!! We had the most incredible week. Wade and Tippee know all of the best beaches, restaurants, and activities to recommend! The boat is beautiful and they have super fun ocean toys! Tippee’s cooking was so amazing and Wade is a great bartender! We all left saying this was our favorite vacation we’ve taken! Thank you Whiskey Business!!!!!
What a wonderful day spent with Wade, Tippee and Bo!!! Thank you so much for taking that leap of faith and jumping for your dreams it made it possible for us to enjoy a wonderful day with our kids and the three of you. You helped us create unforgettable memories for our kids. We can’t wait to come back for that week long trip aboard to explore and hear more of your stories! Thanks 🙏 stay safe.
It was the best experience of our lives. Wade and Tippee are wonderful people who accommodated to our every want.
You won’t find a better Catamaran trip!!July 2021
Tippee and Wade are amazing!
They took great care of us on our day charter and we can’t wait to go back!!
We cannot say enough wonderful things about our time on Whiskey Business. Wade, Tippee, & Bo were the most incredible hosts & we had the experience of a lifetime! We visited the most beautiful coves/keys & ate the most delicious food. We feel blessed to have celebrated your first anniversary chartering and cannot wait to sail with you again!!!
Dan, Leah, Jensen, & Kaycee
Great time! Best vacation ever! Wade & Tippee are owner operators and went out of their way to make everything wonderful. Food was delicious - Tippee planned meals that fit our tastes and hid all nuts in their room as we have a nut allergy. They planned the days based on our wants and gave great suggestions. Boat was really nice with tons of places to relax! Cannot recommend enough - book it!
The BoXXXw Family
Awesome trip to the USVI to celebrate Andrew's 21st, Elena's graduation, and being together! Saw so many beautiful beaches, played lots of games and cards, read many books, ate and drank so many yummy things and just relaxed. Couldn't have asked for better hosts than Tippee, Wade and everyone's favorite friend Bo. Made this trip so special and fun with all of their extra touches. Can't wait to go back!!
It was the best experience of our lives. Wade and Tippee are wonderful people who accommodated to our every want. You won't find a better catamaran trip!!
Some highlights from our USVI trip celebrating Drew's senior year (as his trip was canceled last year... thanks a lot... COVID) and Brynne's senior year. And I left out soooo many pics!! This doesn't show the many cool places we visited. Gorgeous views!! Wonderful memories! Thank you Wade & Tippee!
Dear Jared, you deserve the best! Happy to spend your fathers day aboard Whiskey Business with Raisin Sail Island Charters! Highly recommend these awesome people from Greenville!
We cannot say enough wonderful things about our time on Whiskey Business. Wade, Tippee & Bo were the most incredible hosts and we had the experience of a lifetime! We visited the most beautiful coves/keys and ate the most delicious food. We feel blessed to have celebrated your first anniversary chartering and cannot wait to sail with you again!!!
Dan, Leah, Jensen & Kaycee
What an awesome time. Two of the best people you will ever meet. Great boat! We truly enjoyed our day.
These two are the greatest! Their boat is awesome! The sweetest dog named Bo! Tippee cooked lunch and it was great. She has so much information about the history and area that is very interesting. Wade is an awesome captain!! Definitely recommend them!
We had the best time! Tippee and Wade were great hosts! The food was amazing and they had everything you need to have a great time! Paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel gear! Tippee makes great margaritas too! Captain Wade knows all the good spots with amazing views. Boat is so comfortable it's crazy!! You won't be disappointed and will have an amazing time!
What an amazing day we had on Whiskey Business with Raisin' Sail charters. Wade, Tippee and Bo were the absolute best hosts! Captain Wade's expertise with the Cat are quite impressive while the Cat itself is AMZING! Chef Tippee wows you with her way around the galley! We had the most fabulous lunch. Bo is such a welcome addition... he has a way of making you feel right at home. If you have the opportunity to take a charter whether it is a day adventure or week, Whiskey Business is the way to go!!!
Our group did a day charter and had the best day ever with Tippee and Wade! The cat is incredible, the lunch and drinks were 5 star, and the Captain & Chef were awesome! Below Deck Bo was a wonderful surprise and he took to us all like he had known us forever! Captain Wade knew exactly where the best snorkeling was and it was the best snorkel trip I've ever had!!!! We can't wait to book a week on Whiskey Business because our day just wasn't enough! Thanks Tippee & Wade for a PERFECT day!
We had an excellent time on Whiskey Business! Tippee and Wade were awesome! Tippee was an incredible host, cook and tour guide! Wade was an excellent Captain and answered TONS of our questions! Bo was the best deckhand ever and so sweet! If you get the opportunity to charter, choose these guys! It was an experience we will never forget! Oh, buy the towels! They are awesome!! Thanks Tippee, Wade & Bo!
My husband and I and our 4 kids just finished 3 days on Whiskey Busniess and we CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS! The boat is beautiful and comfortable and Tippee is possibly the best cook I have ever had make me a meal.. and if that is not enough Wade and Tippee are 2 of the absolute nicest people you will ever meet. My 9 year old son followed Wade around like he had met a Rockstar, asking him a million questions and Wade was SO kind. If you've been looking to book a charter, look no further. It doesn't get any better than Whiskey Business and we can't wait to book it again.
What an amazing day we had on Whiskey Business. Wade, Tippee & Bo were the absolute best hosts! Captain Wade's expertise with the Cat a re quite impressive while the Cat itself is AMAZING! Chef Tippee wows you with her way around the galley! We had the most fabulous lunch. Bo is such a welcome addition... he has a way of making you feel right at home. If you have the opportunity to take a charter whether it's a day adventure or a week, RAISIN SAIL ISLAND CHARTERS is the one you should take.
Our group did a day charter and had the best day with Tippee and Wade! The Cat is incredible, the lunch and drinks were 5 star, and the Captain and Chef were awesome! Below Deck Bo was a wonderful surprise and he took to us all like he had known us forever! Captain Wade knew exactly where the best snorkeling was and it was the best snorkel trip I've ever had!!!!! We can't wait to book a week on Whiskey Business because our day just wasn't enough. Thanks Tippee & Wade for a PERFECT day!
I don't even know where to start! We were literally blessed with a trip to the US Virgin Islands on the catamaran Whiskey Business by our amazing hosts and now dear friends Wade and Tippee!! I cannot even begin to explain the levels of relaxed and soul touching peace we have felt over the past 5 days. We went to the most beautiful islands, moored in peaceful bays and played like kids in the water! We swam, snorkeled, hiked and did a lot of staring at the ocean. Tippee is a talented chef and so we also ate the most yummy food EVER!! This was a trip of a lifetime with our friends and we will make it a tradition to go back often to check on the turtles!!
Oh and we can't forget below deck Bo!! The seaworthy pup that stole our hearts.
Six of us did a day charter with Tippee a nd Wade and we did not want to leave! Our adventure actually started when Tippee and I figured our that she and Wade and our party of 6 were all on the same plane out of CLT, heading to STT. We coincidentally sat right across from them at t he gate and knew right away that it was our future captain and chef crew behind the masks. By the time we saw them again for our charter on Sunday, we felt like we were meeting up with long lost friends. We sailed to various sports around St John and Tippee made a fabulous lunch of shrimp tacos, homemade beans, salsa, guac, etc. Drinks were always flowing and music was always playing. The day flew by way too fast. Can't recommend these guys enough and can't wait to see them again for a longer sailing adventure.
Heading home from a magical trip!
We just came back from sailing with Wade and Tippee and cannot wait to share with you a brief look into our adventure on Whiskey Business!
The food, the adventures, the hospitality, the company was every bit of perfection! We know this will be our first of many trips with Wade, Tippee and Bo.
Our family is forever grateful for this trip with your family, it was truly magical!
Wow...just wow!! So much fun and so many sweet memories made. Thank you Michael Snider for such an awesome trip!! Thank you to our awesome hosts Tippee and Wade Ball, you guys made us feel right at home and we can't thank you enough for the incredible food, sightseeing and endless smiles!
I have no words for t he incredible time we had this spring break on Whiskey Business. If you are looking for an amazing family trip, look no further. Wade and Tippee made us feel like family the minute we set foot on the boat. They accommodated all of the kids favorite foods and had an entire menu prepared just for James's allergies. This will be a trip non of us will ever forget!!!
We had an amazing charter with Tippee, Captain Wade and of course sweet Beau! We sailed all around St John stopping from Maho Bay to Christmas Cove. Limeout floating taco bar in Coral Bay was a hit! Each destination was breathtaking. We have traveled a lot of places and we never experienced such an amazing trip. The food, drinks, and island views were amazing! You won't regret booking Whiskey Business!
We had the most amazing time with Tippe, Wade and Beau (star of the show, their pupper)! This was no doubt the highlight of our trip. We spent the day snorkeling, paddle boarding, and sun bathing. Food and drinks were delicious! Y'all, if you don't book a day, few days, or week with them... you are doing it wrong. Thank you again for the most incredible experience and making my birthday one to remember!!
We recently spent a week with lovely host, Wade and Tippee ball, as we chartered for a week around St Thomas and St John. I cannot begin to explain how wonderful this entire trip was which was a well needed break from our very busy work lives. The food was superb, with excellent view and many activities including paddle boarding, snorkeling, hiking an more. I am ready perusing the calendar to plan our return adventure. Thank so much for a purely magical week!
This was honestly one of our best family vacations ever! Tippee and Wade made sure our every last wish was granted. The Food was amazing, drinks delicious, boat beautiful and company terrific. We are already talking about coming back soon! You can't go wrong choosing Whiskey Business!
the perfect holiday vacation! Our family has traveled every year for the Christmas holiday and our time with Tippee an Wade rank as our best holiday vacation yet. The food was wonderful the drinks amazing and the company was the best! Truly a week paradise!