According to Jens Hookanson, Bad Girl's helmsman for Key West, a past J/24 world champion, and custom rigging specialist with Hall Spars & Rigging in Bristol, R.I., the work list was extensive. The main and jib halyards were led below decks to eliminate hardware on the cabin top; a 12-to-1 purchase was added to the jib halyard and led to the cockpit, which allowed them to adjust halyard tension on the fly; the cabin top was built without windows, the toe tails were removed aft of the shrouds, and the backstay hydraulic adjuster was moved from the back of the boat to the front of the cockpit. To accommodate the larger headsail, longer jib tracks were installed. The standard J/100 uses a padeye for tacking an asymmetric spinnaker to the bow, but for handicap racing Armstrong had to have the symmetric spinnaker, so Hall Spars set up the rig to accommodate this. Add to the list a shiny new boom and spinnaker pole, and nothing but Hall's best ropes.