If your going to go out and play in the "Big winds" just remember; Don't be in a hurry.
Maybe you should try using just the main alone? You will probibly sail dog-pie slow to weather
but it should at least putter along. Then, after the initial adrenelan wears off, try adding some jib
to the mix and see what happens. When I'm single
handing and the weather looks dicy (Summer in SF Bay
its -always- dicey) This is what I tend to do. It ain't fast but it makes the boat really easy to handle in most weather conditions.
Also I agree 100x10^10% on the engine
thing. Properly reefed/setup sailing vessel in most any weather will be pretty comfortable. Motoring, they tend to be slam bam, tippy, noisy then a jib
sheet tail washes off the deck
, into prop.. How are you going to get outta' this mess? An accadent waiting to happen.
And, if you -are- a novice
sailor, carful on the shroud
tuning. A misunderstanding in this area can really mess things up on a boat.