1) The boat may have been slow to react to steering if you kept the main sheeted in and were trying to bear off... since the main sail will tend to keep you head to wind and prevent or resist bearing off—so ease it as you bear off to get the boat to react faster
2) I'd do this sooner, rather than later, since the outhaul is one of the more important controls in de-powering the mainsail. If it breaks... the mainsail will be a nightmare to control in high winds.
3) That's pretty normal, especially if your shrouds are in-board and your jib tracks are outboard of them.
4) Send them off to Sailcare or a local sail loft next winter... don't worry about it for now.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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