For those that have followed I'm in the process of completing a bellows replacement with the goal of solving a leak. While the bellows was due it does not appear to be my source. I don't think from where I saw the water trickle it is the transom asy itself not sealing and leaking as I have read others have dealt with but don't have the experience to rule that out.
I wish I could nail down when the leak really started. Have had the boat about 3 years now and the first boat like this we have had.
As best as I can recall when we would go out for the day we would be dry. If we stayed out and used the a/c we would start to have some water- and that a/c here in FL can generate some water.
At some point the water really started to build up. I had a couple events during this time- a big one was a leak in the waste tank that may have been going on for some time. I discovered that as a leak source after a coupler repair and thought it was resolved but still had the problem.
I ran the boat at home but could find no leak, at least at the rpm I could run at home. I explored a leaking drain plug and ruled that out. And then finally with the boat sitting in the water was able to spot a pretty good trickle if water from what appears to be within the transom asy as opposed to say the bottom edge like a transom asy leak. When the coupler was repaired, what would have been unhooked that perhaps not hooked back up tight that could leak? It is higher than the exhaust but I could not see the source- don't where the spots could be back there to check. I am suspecting where the water pickup tube connects on the inside transom connection a possibility as I assume at the least that hose had to come apart to pull the motor - where else back there do i need to get at and check? It dies leak while the boat is not running, can't really tell if it is any worse while running.