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No worries, George
Anything you do to improve your situation re the compression post/mast step area should really be done with the rig removed... trying to shore something like this up under load is difficult to do properly.
Chances are, if there's not any visible problem on deck (no low spot, excessive stress cracking, etc) then what you're noticing on the sticky door is not of great concern, esp if it clears up when you release the load. Nevertheless it's something to keep an eye on, and to keep in mind the next time you haul out, and you might want to drop the stick (you'll need to inspect it at some point anyhow) and attend to any problems then.
In the meantime, tweak, trim, tension, and casually sail your way to the front of the fleet!
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)