I got three housekeeping chores done today. First I made the deadman. That is a chunk of wood that sits on the mast step and extends to the mast partner. It's purpose is to allow a deck stepped mast to fit onto a keel stepped mast boat. The old boats had a 17 1/2 foot mast that extended through the boat and stepped on the keel. Most modern boats have the mast stepped on the deck. A deck stepped mast is easier and cheaper to build... Moth boat guys are all about cheap! George A graciously offered to lend me a deck stepped mast. The other two items are the tiller and the hiking stick. All the above items were made from a slab of oak. I cut 4 3/16 inch strips for the hiking stick and 8 1/8 inch strips for the tiller. I cut a wedge to hold them apart at the fork that holds the rudder.