Bilge Drain Plug in a Sailboat
"Are bilge drains very common out there? What do we think of the idea?"
Some regions (e.g. N Europe) produce more boats with drain plugs than others (e.g. U.S.). Also, it seems to be a waning practice (more in the 70''s & 80''s from what I can tell). None of this means it''s a ''bad'' practice IMO provided the choice of hardware & installation are done well. And yes, the ease of bilge cleaning at haulout does invite one to do this; I miss the one I had on my Hallberg-Rassy.
I''ve stretched my bottom paint to 3 years + in the past and that''s a long time to rely on that piece of hardware. So I suppose location of the boat should make a difference.