I just got back from my 295 premiere and I must say that I am very satisfied with how smooth everything worked. The masttrack and daggerboard worked perfectly. So I dont recognise these problems..
Today it was light winds, as it was ice on the inside of the pier, I didnt mind. My fingers got pretty numb after awhile. Anyway The board railed easily and made good speed upwind and now I look forward to stronger winds and warmer weather :-)