I’ve noticed water drip from above the prop shaft and even water lock muffler. Water comes in when in rough water or sailing. It’s fine when motoring in flat water. It’s salty which is why I was thinking rudder shaft.
Had the prop shaft replaced 9 mos ago and yard told me rudder bearings felt good. Probably never noticed before since I also added a dripless prop seal and area is now much drier.
Hey Joe.... Hope all is going good!
My water lock muffler which was aluminum started leaking and I replaced it with a fiberglass one. Much improved and a direct custom fit.... I forgot the company name but I know I posted about it here...... Dripless shaft seals are great. My new boat has the volvo dripless which is seldom spoken about but a great and simple unit. I never had any issues with the rudder regardless of seas but I guess with a lot of stern slapping it could drive water up..... Have you gone below and felt the rudder shaft after a rough day out??
Hope you enjoying your Benni. Yeah, our local boatyard checked the rudder for play when they installed the dripless system. Said it felt rigid and even showed me. They didn’t check for leaks since it only leaks when under pressure due to healing or rough waters.
If you do a search in this forum for "Replacement Muffler for P 36-2 & 38-2" and you should find my description of the replacement of the muffler. From your description of the water leak, it is from the muffler.