Ahaa! That puts things in a different light for me!
May I suggest a different plan altogether, one that saves you the cost and hassle of eastward delivery to FP?
Join the boat
and spend a month getting to know her and settling the family
into their new abode. Then, sometime in the late winter do the ~800 mile passage
from Southport to Noumea. If you pick your weather
, this is not a bad passage
. Plan is to depart whilst there is a low off of the NSW coast. This gives you two or three days of W'ly quadrant winds, time spent sailing ~due East. Then, as the wind
backs to the SE you fall off onto a close reach to the NE and Passe Boularie at the south end of New Cal
. It usually takes us 5-6 days, mostly nice conditions, and an easy landfall with a well marked channel through the reef and up to town. The easiest entry formalities we have ever encountered, and then all the delights of a small French city, with lots of facilities for yotties. After that, you have delightful, low stress cruising around a gorgeous lagoon
, with ranges of mountains as a backdrop.
Then, as cyclone season approaches and your 90 day visa diminishes, you pick a decent high and have a easy trade wind
passage back to Oz. Depending upon how much time you have left, you pick your clearance port for arrival, somewhere on the east coast
To me, this is a better matched itinerary than what you have proposed. It gives time to acclimate, a long enough passage to properly taste the process, short enough that kids and wife should not get stir crazy, excellent cruising for a reasonable time in a welcoming country with spectacular scenery, only one period of wasted time clearing into a small nation, no delivery to arrange and pay for (and no boat repairs
at long distance to remediate the ravages of the delivery trip). And enough time at that destination
to get a more intimate look at the culture (both French and Kanak), rather than a series of short stays, largely spent in recovery from "boat lag" and getting oriented in your new surroundings.
It makes sense to me, but only you can tell if it fits.
Of course, the boat ends up back on the East coast
, not in Perth, but I don't see you actually making that destination
in 6 months, starting in FP... that's a hell of a lot of miles for an untried boat and crew to cover in cruising mode. I would not attempt it myself!