What is APA (Advanced Provisioning Allowance)
Yachts in many areas are all “Plus expenses,” which means that on top of the charter fee (which includes the boat, the crew, the furnishing, the crew food, and toys onboard), you will pay all expenses.
All expenses include Fuel, Food, Beverages, Flowers, Garbage, Dockage, Moorings, Port Fees, and more.
In some destinations, you may also pay VAT, 6.5% to 24% of the charter fee, or other local taxes.
We call the “plus expenses” APA, which stands for Advanced Provisioning Allowance. Depending on your food and wine preferences, it can range between 25% and 40% of the charter fee.
The percentage also changes in different areas of the world, depending on the cost of the items and the type of yacht.
The yachts ask for that amount in the final payment, and then you receive accounting throughout the week. Any money left can be put toward gratuity or returned to you as you choose.
You will find many sailing catamarans in the Caribbean with a fully crewed and inclusive fee structure.