Hi, there, and welcome aboard.
We have two sets of Canadian friends who did years of sailing, each couple on a Whitby 42. Theirs were boats that didn't much like beating (which we do have to do sometimes), and on one of them, the hull
joint on the port side began to come agley, beating into trade
winds conditions. I am not criticizing the boat, but suggesting you go to the effort to carefully check along the lengths of the hull to deck
joint--perhaps there are nuts that need cinching down before you head
off for the Marquesas
Are you not going to stop in Mexico
straight for the Marquesas
? At any rate, enjoy, whichever you decide to do.