The charter rate includes the crew, their wages, uniforms, insurance, equipment on board, linen and towels, the regular change and cleaning of these, consumables, and necessary cleaning products or materials, needed for the yachts maintenance. The VAT and expenses, also called APA, will be charged separately, depending on the country and type of yacht. The VAT gets charged in the country of embarkation and is always due, even if you book the charter as an EU company. This is a frequently asked question but unfortunately, cannot be avoided. The APA is calculated on the base charter rate and is usually around 30% of this. It is an Advanced Provisioning Allowance, which is given to the Captain several weeks before the start of your charter, so the crew can prepare according to your preferences.
An overview of the expenses of your yacht charter will be maintained by the Captain and you can ask him to see this at any given time. If you prefer not to worry about this during your holidays, you can also ask your charter broker to take care of this for you. Some of the following expenses can be expected to be paid out of your APA, but not limited to Food and Beverages, Mooring costs incl. water and electricity, Agent handling fees ( if applicable ), Fuel, the hire of additional equipment for your stay on board at your personal request.
At the end of your yacht charter holiday, before disembarkation, you will be able to settle the accounts with your Captain. In the event of a shortfall, you will have to arrange the payment with him, agreeing on a bank transfer or other. Again, should you prefer not to worry about this yourself, ask your dedicated yacht charter broker to do this for you.