What is APA?
The moment you arrive at your yacht she will be ready to set sail!
She will be full in fuel and running water, provisioned as per your personal food and drink preferences and with any additional water toys you may have requested to hire!
To facilitate such preparation in advance of your arrival, in crewed charters, the Charterer pays upfront an estimated amount for their charter expenses called Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA). This is collected with the last payment before your charter and its purpose is to enhance the level of services rendered, by allowing you to remain un-distracted during your holiday from managing day-to-day expenses aboard.
Soon before your charter your APA is forwarded to the Captain who will organize for you custom food and drink provisions as per your preferences, in advance of your arrival. During your charter the Captain will be making payments as necessary, accounting with receipts for your expenses aboard and advising you periodically on the disbursement of your APA.
Being an estimated allowance, APA is usually calculated at between 20 and 35% of the charter fee varying as per each yacht’s particulars. Depending on your actual cruising performed, provisions along your charter etc. the final, actual expenses accrued may be less or more than your initial allowance; if considering foreseeable expenses for the remaining of your charter the Captain deems that your APA starts running low, he will advise you so you may always feel relaxed that even if you spend more than your initial estimated expense allowance, you can always arrange for additional funds so as to settle all accounts at the end of your charter. At the end of your charter the Captain will in any case be presenting to you the final breakdown of your APA and receipts and of course any unspent APA will be refunded to you.