I love cocktail hour under the bimini!
Nice repair for the failed blocks - did just crack and fall apart? I guess I take it for granted that I search for the right wood: dense, like oak or ipe with quartering grain but I make a lot of little stuff like that out of wood and it comes as second nature.
Looking at your rig, if you could mount them inside your oar stands (on a deck?) then you could fold either forward or back... It probably doesn't matter as it looks like you've got your system dialed. I just like mine folded down in the back so it's out of the way, but it really as personal preference, as I'm sure you know.
Anyways, nice work on the bimini and glad I could be of a little assistance.
edit - oops, must have missed that first pick - can't fold it either way with that tower support... oh well looks like it works well as is!
Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back. - Agustus McCrae