Charter rates include crew wages, uniforms, insurance, equipment on board, linen and towels, regular changes and cleaning, consumables, and cleaning materials for the yacht's maintenance. VAT and expenses, also known as APA, are charged separately, depending on the country. Regardless of whether you're booking your charter as an individual or as a company, VAT always gets charged in the country of embarkation. It's a frequently asked question, but unfortunately, you can't avoid it. APAs are calculated on the base charter rate and are usually around 30 - 40%, depending on the type of yacht. The Advanced Provisioning Allowance is given to the Captain a few weeks before the charter starts so the crew can prepare the yacht according to your peferences.
Your captain will keep an overview of your yacht charter expenses, and you can ask him to see them anytime. You can also ask your charter broker to handle this for you if you don't want to worry about it during your vacation. You can expect to pay the following expenses out of your APA, but not limited to Food and Beverages, Mooring costs, charges for water, electricity, agent handling (if applicable), fuel, and hire of additional equipment at your request.
Prior to disembarking, the Captain will sit with you to go through your accounts. In the event of a shortfall, a top-up payment will have to be made either by bank transfer, credit card payment, or in cash. Again, should you prefer not to worry about this yourself, ask your dedicated yacht charter broker to do this for you. If there is any APA left over in your favour, this of course, gets reimbursed to you straight after the charter.