Super Yacht Bellami.com in West India Dock
Another unusual visitor to West India Dock is the 53.4-metre super yacht Bellami.com with its very distinctive metallic golden hull. Until recently the yacht was known as the Kinta built by Turquoise Yachts in 2008.
The yacht was given its gilded hull for an advertising tour across the Mediterranean on behalf of Bellami, the American hair extension company. The tour ends with the visit to London Fashion Week.
The yacht had a refit at Palumbo Superyachts in 2018. She can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms and has a swimming pool, the pool features a glass waterfall, spa and sundeck.
Rather surprisingly, it looks like that the vinyl golden hull is being stripped away whilst the ship is in dock. This may be because the yacht is supposedly on sale for 20 million dollars and not many may like the present colour scheme.
The technique for gilding yachts has been popular for cars and small boats, but is not often applied to bigger yachts because of the cost. The 600 square metres of golden vinyl coating with a mirror effect were applied to the Kinta, whilst she was docked in the port of Viareggio. They must have had some left over because they gilded the tenders as well. We may not have had many boats in West India Dock during the summer but we have certainly had an interesting mix.