This certainly looks very similar... Thank you.
Strangely it has Swedish 3 crown roundels on it and just speaking to a someone at Howes in Oxford, he mentioned that it might have been built by a builder in Reading although he couldn't remember his name...?
Thanks John, John & Eric. I don't think the mast prebend is a problem, in fact there is quite a lot of backstay tension to get the mast straight or should I say to match the luff in the main sail. This in turn actually pushes the centre of the mast forward and in doing so brings the spreaders closer to the topping lift I shall have a look at John Bennett's boat on Friday and try some elastic. I have some 1.5 mm elastic which may do.
Thanks for all your advice. Michael.
Could this boat have originated in Europe? We never had 1m long free sailing yachts in UK.
We had 36" and Marblehead 50".
I've been in the sport since 1960 but never heard of free sailing boats 1m long.
Perhaps it was just a project some one built for fun.
It looks very nicely built.
Sorry I can't be more help.
A possible cause is insufficient prebend in the mast. If you have too little prebend, then you only have a little backstay tension to bring the mast straight. With just a little tension from the backstay which transfers to the forestay, the rig does not generate enough tension on the topping lift.