Few problems to solve
Few problems to solve before salcombe
Don't know about the poles but it sounds like you need a new sheave at the top of the mast - the sides wear down.
Fixing with a bobble means the halyard comes in at an gale think I will get a shackle with a hole on the top
The poles problem is probably because the downhaul lines need to be crossed as they go into the deck.
No they are crossed. Noticed that others don't use the eyelet on the end of the boom and takes them straight to the end crossed
The other thing could be that the pole uphauls need a bit of inline elastic to take up the slack when the poles are not in use: We've sailed without this for a while, but it does help.