I often wonder why a yacht charterer is prepared to pay thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands in tips, food and fuel costs when they are being charged so much in the first place. I have seen it discussed on numeorus forums about why a crew should receive 15 to 25% as a tip but I have never agreed with that. The old Publix on 17th Street was the source for much of the food supplies on many of the charter boats so it can not be that expensive to feed a few guests, sure fuel costs have risen but I would like to see the profit margins charged by owners on that little number. Are taxes paid on the tips paid by charterers on a trip that starts and ends abroad. Surely when crew sign up they know the wages are not going to be that high but I have heard of some stories of crew holding out for the big tips.