Sandbar vs. Sandbore
<HTML><P>I've seen the word "sandbore" on charts, and I've seen the term "sandbore" used in Sailnet articles as something to avoid when navigating. I cannot find the term in the dictionary. What is a "sandbore?" Why do you have to avoid it? How big is it? And will it eat much if the kids bring one home?</P><P><STRONG>Dan Dickison responds: <BR></STRONG>Thanks for your question. If you're contemplating bringing a sandbore home, then you better have a rather large home. Sandbore, or at least the reference for it that we think you're asking about, is a channel and a small island just off the coast of Belize in Central America. There's also a Sandbore Channel in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, and probably a few more elsewhere that we're not aware of.</P><P>Regarding the reference for sandbore that you've seen in SailNet articles, I can only plead editorial ignorance. I've checked several of the most obvious articles and couldn't find the instances that you mention, but I suspect that we must have misspelled the word "sandbar," which is probably what we intended to use. Mea culpa.</P><P>Now the reference to the word appearing on charts is more befuddling. We've never encountered that reference on a navigational chart, but don't doubt that it might exist. It's likely that some cartographer somewhere decided that a sandbar whose mass had been changed to allow access through it, could be accurately referred to as a "sandbore." </P><P>Now that we've gone out on a limb with these thoughts, most likely some wordsmith will weigh in with a better, more accurate explanation, and we'll all be the wiser. If not, here's hoping that the above information at least partially answers your question. <BR></P></HTML>
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