Charter practical information with your yacht specialist in France :

For renting a yacht you need to be aware about the charter practical informations. The charter fee comprises use of the insured yacht with crew, from her home port and back. A yacht is firmly booked at the charter agreement signature and payment of half charter fee. At least one month before the date of embarkment, the remainder of the charter fee and all other amounts due (APA, delivery fees, and any deposits) must be settled.

A.P.A (Advance Provisioning Allowance)

All necessary expenses related to the yacht and her passengers are charged to the charterer, such as:

  • port and mooring dues, water and electricity provided by the port
  • custom duties and other enforceable local and national taxes
  • fuel and lubricants (yacht engines, generators, tenders and water toys …)
  • catering costs for guests (food and beverage)
  •  guests personal items laundry/cleaning
  • telecommunication
  • all expenses resulting from requests made by the charterer or his/her guests, such as newspapers, flowers, tips, …

These expenses are paid through the APA. This provision normally equates to 30% of the charter fee, but is sometimes more. The funds are entrusted to the Captain to provision the yacht in accordance with your instructions. Throughout the cruise, you will be updated on the state of expenses; necessary additional funds may be requested. Before disembarkment, the Captain will give you a detailed breakdown of expenses incurred with the accompanying receipts, and will refund any credit balance.

Delivery fees

Delivery fees may apply if the embarkment and/or disembarkment port is different to the yacht’s home port. Those fees are usually based on the fuel consumption required for the transfer.


Tipping is customary but not obligatory and left to the Charterer’s discretion. It usually ranges between 5-10% of the charter fee and is given to the Captain for further share with the crew.

Taxes and fuel

Most of the yachts operating are classified for commercial use and so are tax exempt. VAT rates vary within the European Union (EU). Outside of the EU, local taxes may also be levied. Depending on the port and navigation zone, vessels registered for commercial use can generally fill-up on untaxed fuel. These allowances vary from one country to another, even within the European Union zone. The general terms and conditions for crewed yacht charter vary markedly according to the navigation zone and terms of the charter agreement. Please ask us for further information about allowances, navigation zones and local taxes.

Planning the cruise

Once the yacht firmly booked, you will be sent a form to be filled with your preferences and requests related to the yacht provisioning*, considered itinerary and any other specific requests you may have. This information is passed to the Captain so that the crew can properly prepare the cruise. You will then be put in contact with the Captain to iron out any final details.

* depending on the place and legislation in force, yachts with a commercial flag can purchase provisions (food and drink, as well as fuel) tax-free.

Security deposit

Our owners ask for a security deposit to cover any damage to the yacht or her equipment.