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Come Sail Away
Here's one yacht anybody can afford. The Switchables fused glass Sailboat cover is perfect for your boat cabin...or you can just dream of the boat that you'll own someday.
The fused-glass process enables Switchables to create a new generation of nightlight covers like none you've ever seen before. Instead of being folded and soldered like traditional Switchables covers, these pieces of glass are fused together with flash heat for more brilliant colors and intricate designs with no metal borders. Bits and strips of glass are bonded to a slightly curved, clear or colored background panel.
You can identify a fused-glass Switchables cover by its "SF" item number. Traditional Switchables start with "SW". This design replaces the SW075 Sailboat cover.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
Are you curious...?
Our Switchables cover is a monohull sloop with Bermuda rig, the most common configuration of small modern sailboats. Because they have only two sails, each one is larger and heavier than those found on more complex configurations like ketches, yawls, and schooners. The introduction of lightweight sailcloth in the 1950s made the simpler sloop popular. It's small, it's nimble, it's easy to control, and it excels at near-shore operations. The word "sloop" comes from the French chaloupe by way of the Dutch sloep.
"Sloop" means something else entirely to military people. Historically, a sloop-of-war was defined more by its function, or even its commander's rank, than by its configuration. The Royal Navy used Bermuda sloops to combat the French privateers that bedeviled their big ships-of-the-line. Eventually sloops specialized in anti-smuggling, anti-slaving, communications, and reconnaisance. The modern navy considers a sloop to be intermediate in size between a corvette and a frigate. Popular during the age of steam, they were becoming obsolete by WW2, although they still filled an antisubmarine role. The US Navy's new littoral combat vessel, being intermediate between a corvette and a frigate and designed for coastal operations, is the latest and greatest version of a sloop, although it isn't officially designated as such.