I would buy an older nacra and do that. I have some friends, both older and not particularly good sailors, who took a nacra 5.0 from Brisbane to Yeppoon. You will be coming on and off beaches in waves, and need to make a decent bit of distance in some legs of the coast. I would not like to spend days on a super wet boat like a Hobie anywhere north of Yeppoon, box jellyfish and irukanji are shit. A friend's wife and kid got hit by irukanji on the weekend, fentanyl and ketamine didn't numb the pain.I want to explore the north east coast of Australia. If I can pack enough supplies into a hobie for month long + trips, I'm all over that option.
Also consider how you will deal with the mud geckos in your plans.
I would look at this, and get the mainsail cut down a bit. Or wait around for 5.0, they still have decent hull volume and no centreboards.
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