I posted this on another thread, but the compulsion to have a hiking stick is quite unnecessary. Expensive and just gets in your way.
If you feel the need to get forward, take a 1/4" piece of line, tie each end to the end of each tiller arm and have the loop laying forward on the deck.., to get fancy, you could even run it through a bungee loop to keep it forward.
When you feel the need to get forward, it is easy to simply steer with the line. I was able to get up on the bow spreader and easily steer with this system.
Rather sell you a stick on www.OnLineMarineStore.com
, but this is a better option.