Good to hear from you and appreciate your observations. I agree.
I believe that there are very few boats that arrive from the factory to their new owners in a shape necessary for safe coastal cruising, let alone going offshore. And I do not mean sails and instrumentation. I am referring to basic safety gear, most of which would cost very little if installed at the factory.
Pertaining to the article in question would be the installation of high-water alarms and an alarm that sounds when the automatic bilge pump is activated. And you correctly point out the inadequacy of de-watering bilge pumps that are standard on boats regardless of their size. Most are sized only to respond to small accumulations.
There are a handful of safety items that are sometimes very hard to grapple with later. One huge challenge after the build that would be so very easy to do prior is a fuel polishing pick-up tube that gets down to the deepest corner of the tank. Another area, luckily more easily retro-fitted, are smoke detectors strategically placed.
I would venture to suggest that these habits of boat builders will not change until we, the buyers, start asking about these issues when purchasing the boat. The activist side of me would suggest that all those who go to boat shows should make a point, when on the new and shiny boats on display to ask about these basic safety items: perhaps the idea will spread.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy