"How much does it cost to get into cruising?"
"A split rig might seem like a good idea to make sail handling more manageable, but it can almost double the maintenance of gear."
A cruising passage can be one of the highest decibel experiences you will have: engine and drive train noise, the wind in the rig, plus waves drumming on the hull. Soundproofing can help.
Anyone who has suffered from it, knows that Seasickness can be more crippling than a broken leg. But there are lots of preventatives and remedies.