So, what does the Leader 10.5 lack? In terms of reliable construction, we don’t see them advertising unsinkable construction, but the hull itself has basic flotation, as advertised by premium builder Grady-White. Whaler uses custom hardware, and some is durable enough for Navy battleships. Hardware in the Leader is sourced, and cabinetry is laminate, not wood or the expensive veneer you usually find in high-end express cruisers. Yet Whaler too uses laminate in its cabinetry, albeit with cultured stone countertops.