Your Questions, Answered.

Whether it’s your first time chartering, or you’re a seasoned traveller, we understand each charter is unique and there may be lots of questions on how it works. Explore our range of frequently asked questions, or contact the Ahoy Club Customer Experie if you have additional questions.


There are two types of charters you can book through Ahoy Club; Day & Term Charter.

Day Charter is a yacht booking under 24 hours. Some yachts may require a minimum of 4 hours for each booking, but on occasion a shorter duration is accepted. Day charters are quoted on an hourly basis.

Term Charter is any yacht charter over 1 day. Term charter prices on our website are on a weekly basis, but if you require less than 1 week your quote will be adjusted accordingly.


Yachts have two basic rates: high season rates (covering the peak months of summer) and low season rates (covering the shoulder months of summer). For example, the Mediterranean high season covers June, July, August and its low season covers May, September, October.  

The difference in cost from high season to low season is normally between 10,000 – 20,000. If you choose your travel times carefully, you can benefit from low season rates and still enjoy close to perfect weather in the shoulder months. 

Special events can also increase a yachts pricing, like New Year’s Eve, Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival.

More FAQ

  • What's included in my charter fee?

    Your Charter fee will normally include the price of the yacht, the crew, and the yacht’s insurance.

  • What is APA?

    Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA)

    APA is charged in addition to your charter fee and is required to cover your personal expenses. This includes fuel, food, beverage, docking fees and any other expenses you incur whilst on charter. APA is calculated as an amount equal to 30% of the charter fee.

    Any APA money not spent will be refunded to you, following the end of a charter. If your expenses exceed APA, you will be expected to reimburse the yacht as you leave.

  • How is Tax/VAT calculated?

    Your tax owed will be calculated based on the country where your charter starts and may vary depending on the countries you visit during your charter.

    VAT in the Mediterranean ranges up to 22%. Yachts that cruise into international waters may be subject to a lower tax rate. Ahoy Club work alongside global tax authorities to ensure you are getting the best value for your trip.

    There is no tax applied in the Caribbean.

  • Is Tipping/Gratuity included?

    Tipping is not mandatory, but it is customary to tip your crew for their service while you were on board. Tips are normally handed to the Captain on the last day of your charter.

  • How do Charter payments work?

    A deposit of 50 per cent of your charter fee is due upon booking. The final 50 per cent of your charter fee, plus any additional costs (like APA & VAT) are due five weeks before your charter start date.

  • Do I need insurance?

    General insurance is available on commercial yachts, but it is recommended that charterers hold their own insurance such as and not limited to travel insurance, cancellation, curtailment, personal accident, medical personal effects and liability insurance.