We Say: Jeanneau’s Leader 40 is a fast-cruising motoryacht that comfortably sleeps four and entertains a dozen. Big-block MerCruiser gas V-8s with Axius sterndrives and joystick make it easy to handle, whether cruising or at the dock.
We admired neat details, like the way the sun pad and the deck hatches are recessed to avoid any interference with sight lines. Bravo for caring, Jeanneau.
The midcabin offers twin bunks athwartships that can make up into a queen, and there is 6 feet 2 inches of headroom between them. Hullside windows ensure sunlight pours in.
The cockpit and swim platform create an integrated, open space with three distinct amenities. The companion seats opposite the helm offer both a rear-facing lounge and a comfortable forward-looking seat. Aft of them is a dinette, and opposite is a day galley with a sink, grill and fridge. But there’s more: Aft of the dinette is a full sun pad with stowage beneath that can swallow up gear. (It’s where Leader 40s in Europe must carry life rafts.)
Other touches: To ensure that no one slips between the optional hydraulic swim platform and the transom as it lowers, a cargo net spans the gap. More European safety touches are grab handles and safety-harness stanchions securely anchored around the deck and cockpit. Yes, Jeanneau’s Leader 40 is quick and elegant, but it’s also able and safe.
Who’d Want One: Boaters who want to cruise — or day-cruise — in luxury, style and safety.
Another Choice: Check out Sea Ray’s 370 Sundancer ($587,046 with comparable power and equipment).
Bottom Line: $415,000 (base); jeanneauamerica.com