Bits and pieces Posted on Sunday, 7 November 2021Tuesday, 16 November 2021 by patrickxavier Blocks getting varnished, in privileged position on board Aramoana.Mainsheet blocks, embossed with Armistice Day commemorative coins (as a nod to original lead ballast’s contribution to the war effort). Boom/ballooner mast bands with offset pin rails, mast hoops below (temporarily, obviously). Uroxsysation of spars (L to R: topsail yard, ballooner pole, jack yard, gaff, boom) complete.Foreground L to R: swim ladder; cut-down cabin sole for ring frame; navigation light boxes. Forepeak complete. To trickle-charge batteries at mooring, proposed hard frame solar panel: don’t think so.Better option: fold out canvas mat, and at 200W.Genius. Packs away to nothing. Speaking of genius, once it became evident a forepeak cot berth was not achievable, Andy Ball’s suggestion to repurpose inflatable fenders spanning benches. They are remarkably rigid, easily supporting this body’s weight without sagging.