APA stands for Advance Provisioning Allowance, and is a simple and efficient system designed to allow for provisioning the boat, with minimal hassle and straightforward record keeping.
The APA in effect creates a bank account for the Captain of the boat to provision on your behalf. Key provisioning items include fuel, food, premium drinks and any additional port fees. The APA is calculated by percentage, depending on the type of boat and anticipated fuel consumption. For sailing yachts expect an additional 20 – 25% and for motor yachts 30 – 35%. You will required to pay this additional fee, in cash along with the 50% balance when you arrive at the boat.
The Captain is obligated to keep all receipts and balance the account for you, and you are welcome to check the expenditure level at any time during the charter. At the end of the charter, the Captain will give you a full account of your expenditures and any amounts not used will be refunded to you. There are no mark-ups on the APA.