Touche, Norman. I still think that something that costs "x" pounds in Britain "ought" to cost "x" dollars in the United States!
Now, allow me to display my anorakish tendency:
The Northill anchor was, I believe, developed for seaplanes, in the USA, and is by all accounts an excellent yacht anchor, but it is no longer made, simply because Danforth bought out the patent.
The CQR on the other hand was not made for seaplanes; it was developed as a yacht anchor, by Professor Sir Geoffrey Taylor, FRS, whose biography, here:
is worth reading. It completely fails to mention his invention of the CQR, or his membership of the Royal Cruising Club, athough his obituary in the Times (link from the main webpage) does mention his invention of a "ploughshare - like" anchor and correctly says that this was used to moor the Mulberry Harbour caissons in Normandy in 1944.
The widespread belief that the CQR was used as a seaplane anchor arises, I think, from confusion with the Northill, and also in part because another celebrated item of British yachting
equipment, the Baby Blake WC, was indeed fitted to Sunderland flying boats in WW2 (they made special aluminium version!)
Anyway, to get back to the point, Professor Taylor invented the CQR because he was fed up with handling the Fisherman on his 19 ton cutter, and I have a copy of the original article that he wrote about it in the Yachting Monthly.
Given the phenomenal mathematical distinction of its inventor, one of the great applied mathematicians of thepast century, it seems to me that the CQR is precisely the right shape, and that a copy might not be.
But I just enjoy thinking about Professor Taylor, sent to the Royal Aircraft Establishment to improve the manufacture of aircraft propeller shafts in WW1, and finding it necessary to learn to fly, and to parachute, in order to do so, whenever I pick up a CQR!
There can surely be no other item of yacht equipment with so distinguished a progenitor!
[ 05-12-2004, 03:47 PM: Message edited by: Andrew Craig-Bennett ]