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She's a very beautiful boat, with lots of recent upgrades. Some of the equipment is top-notch (Furlex furler, Yanmar, new Force 10 stove, new heads, etc.). I can see why she turned your head :-)
That said, I think it's absolutely unrealistic to get this boat ready in 2 weeks for a voyage halfway 'round the world. There are all the things mentioned above, plus others you'll want/need to attend to. And, there's the problem of a real shakedown before actually setting out for the Marquesas.
Don't forget, when you leave San Diego, you'll be leaving the best and cheapest place in the world for equipment, supplies, parts, mechanical and electrical repairs, etc. Everything outside the States, except labor, is much more expensive and difficult to secure. When you do set out, you want to be sure your boat is prepared for the next 10,000 miles.
You still haven't mentioned crew. But, you'll undoubtedly want to be sure that the autopilot is working correctly, the fathometer is installed and working, the compass has been swung, etc., etc. All this takes time.
You asked before rather innocently about SSB, and I and others tried to answer based on very little information from you. If you're going to be so pressed for prep time, my advice would be to let a professional do the whole job for you, and pay whatever it costs to buy the radio, tuner, etc., and to install and test it. You simply won't have the time to play with this item.
Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
As mentioned, don't forget to register your EPIRB, get your liferaft certified, carry paper charts, and those GPS handhelds with lots and lots of batteries.
Also, you'll probably want to replace all the batteries aboard, unless they are already new. The punch list in my head is already running into hundreds of items, and I haven't even been aboard the boat :-)