Congratulations and all that!
Now as to your query -- isn't clear if you are asking if the boat is appropriate for the proposed passage
or whether it is advisable for a crew with only a few days sailing in a dinghy
should attempt the voyage.
First, the boat is certainly, if in good condition, capable of doing this trip. No worries on that account, but one wonders if you are able to accurately judge the boat's condition yourselves.
Second, I don't really think that your current
expertise is up to the challenge. The voyage from the Whitsundays south isn't a hard one at all. There are anchorages
galore, the route
is well bouyed where appropriate, and there are repair facilities in many spots on the way just in case. But, having said that, there are plenty of ways to go astray... reefs
, strong currents and big tides in some areas, commercial shipping
to avoid and so on. When you balance these factors out, I feel that you might be standing into danger
But here is the good news: Coming south from that area is best accomplished in the spring when there are Northeasterly breaks in the normal Southeast wind
flow. The southerly migration usually occurs around October, and experienced folks jump on the periodic Northerlies and use them to get as far south as they can before the next southerly change is established. So, this time frame gives you a chance to sail the boat a lot there in the Whitsunday area, learning
its ways and improving your skills and familiarity with the systems on the boat, and generally improving your chances of having a successful and enjoyable trip south. And this is what I would suggest to you as a plan.
There are lots of us here on CF that could offer specific advice relating to specific problems as you progress along the learning
curve. Ann and I might even be passing through heading south ourselves around that time...
Anyhow, you have chosen a well tested design that should give you a lot of good sailing hours... good luck with it
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Manly Qld Oz