The Jeanneau Leader 40 Review

The Jeanneau Leader 40

The Jeanneau Leader 40 is perfect for cruising in luxury, style and safety. 

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.

Jeanneau Leader 40

 

 

Jeanneau Leader 40

 

Jeanneau Leader 40

 

Jeanneau Leader 40

 

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.