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Brief Summary

Empty nesters trading down and young couples moving up often converge in about the same place -- the mid-30' (10 meter) range. It's a popular size because you can cruise coastwise or inland with one or two couples without breaking the bank. The new Jeanneau Leader 10 at 35'7" falls squarely into that space. She is powered by twin gas or diesel sterndrive engines with joystick maneuvering which offers the best combination of speed, ease-of-handling, and cost. With two cabins and a hardtop with the option of a retractable soft top or sliding fiberglass sunroof, what is not to like?

Key Features

Specifications

Length Overall 36' 0''
10.85 m
Beam 12' 0''
3.73 m
Dry Weight 13,200 lbs.
6,000 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 0''
0.9 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 185 gal.
700 L
Water Capacity 66 gal.
250 L
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
N/A

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 2 x 200-hp Volvo Penta D3
2 x 260-hp Volvo Penta D4
2 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GIDP

Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 10
The Leader line of boats is Jeanneau's entry into the highly competitive express cruiser market. This Leader 10 (10.85 m/ 35’ 7’’ LOA) is the largest in the three-boat Leader lineup. Notice the massive, one piece full beam windshield and side windows. That black in the topsides represents lengthy windows for the salon and cabins.

By Capt. Steve

Overview

With so many companies building express cruisers in the 30-40' range (9-12 m) Jeanneau knew that the new Leader 10 had to stand out in some way in order to compete. I think the builder manages to not only make a stand-out boat, but also price it at a competitive range to take business away from competitors’ smaller models. Not only have I found Jeanneau boats to be outstanding handlers, but well-built and adept at introducing expensive materials only where it makes sense to. Jeanneau shows its ability to utilize available space very optimally -- the Leader 10 in particular does not go unnoticed in its class because of its very bright interiors (thanks to large side windows in the hull, and sky lights on the deck). The result is a spacious boat that conveys a strong feeling of openness. In my opinion, this makes the Leader 10 a very comfortable summer live-aboard for weekends.

Jeanneau Leader 10
Notice the high rails. Jeanneau consistently exceeds both ABYC and CE standards for safety. Clearly, with the hardtop retracted you are literally bringing the outdoors in. Of course it's just as easy to button up in case of inclement weather.
Jeanneau Leader 10
Here you can see how much the canvas convertible top opens. A sliding fiberglass sunroof is also available. With its asymmetrical layout, the port side decks are just a touch wider than those on the starboard side.

The Layout

Jeanneau tells us that the Leader 10 is a replacement for the Prestige 30. An argument could be made for this Leader 10 being a replacement for the Prestige 34, as well. The layouts are similar, only 1.5' (.46 m) separates the two for length, the beams differ by 1" (2.5 cm), and the weight differs by just 28 lbs. (12.7 kg). Fuel and water capacities are virtually the same. But that's about where I would end the comparison, as the Leader 10 has so many other attributes that make it a good boat in its own right. What we have is a two stateroom, single, wet head layout with a modest galley and L-shaped seating opposite. The Leader 10 seems to have all the qualities tailor made for a family of four, or two couples. It is certainly suitable for two couple's weekend away since both the fore and aft staterooms allow closed-off bulkhead-and-door privacy rather than just a curtained off berth.

Jeanneau Leader 10
With two staterooms and a single head, the Jeanneau Leader 10 would make a good boat for two couples on a weekend getaway – or a small family, with young children.
Jeanneau Leader 10
There's no shortage of natural light pouring into this salon. There are even opening portlights to either side. The settee has storage underneath, and there's an option for a sofa that converts to a berth. The open stairway does a nice job of creating an open feeling in the salon. Notice on the bulkheads, the texture goes from upholstery to textured fiberglass. This is one of those areas where Jeanneau manages to save money on the build and transfer the savings to the buyer.
Jeanneau Leader 10
The amount of light certainly adds to the open feeling on the Leader 10. Notice how open the overhead skylight and how it opens up the salon. While we've seen how other builders add mirrors to make the boat look bigger, Jeanneau seems more concerned with using them to add to the amount of light in the area.
Jeanneau Leader 10
You won't be cooking a 5-course meal here but who would want to? For the lighter fare and morning coffee and croissants, it's perfect. While those are scents I'd like to wake up to, there is an opening portlight for added ventilation. A three-burner stove, microwave, and fridge are all standard.
Jeanneau Leader 10
The guest stateroom aft features a double berth with opening portlights, and an overhead hatch for more natural light, opening portlights, and the usual storage solutions.
Jeanneau Leader 10
This forward owner's cabin has the usual storage, but look at those hull side windows. It's always nice to be able to have a good view of the outside world and the day's weather when you wake up on a boat.

Above Decks

More welcoming areas await above decks, and they're all positioned behind the captain and his/her observer. The helm is located to starboard with a double wide helm seat and plenty of room in the panel for electronics displays. Jeanneau naturally offers a selection of electronics including a Ray C90 and GPS, a 4kw digital radar, an ST 70 autopilot, an AIS receiver, and a Ray 240E VHF.An optional integral refrigerator can be fitted into the seat, and the double footrest ensures comfort. There are two windshield wipers for the single piece, full beam windshield, and if the sheer size of that forward windshield stuns you, wait till you get a load of the side windows.

A Proper Helm

You can operate the Leader 10 from either the sitting or standing position, and there's a drop down step to add even more visibility for the vertically challenged captains. The hardtop extends well aft over the entire cockpit, and comes with a sunroof that is available in two retractable versions, a manually opened canvas style, or an electrically actuated fiberglass choice. The salon area of the cockpit measures a full 8’ 1’’ (2.7 m).Lest you think you can't handle a boat this size, fear not. The Leader 10 is available with a choice of sterndrives, all from Volvo Penta, and you can opt for either a bow thruster to assist you into the dock, or the much coveted sterndrive joystick, but not both.

A Large Cockpit

Further aft, a large U-shaped settee surrounds a table to starboard with a lounger to port that also serves as seating for two. True to form, Jeanneau ensures that the under seat storage is large enough to conceal a life raft. To port a small sink is tapped into the onboard 66 gallon (250 L) water tank. A small step down leads you to the swim platform with a concealed boarding ladder to port, just abaft the portside cockpit entrance.

Comparing The Basic Specs

The Leader 10 is 35' 7" (10.85 m) LOA and hull is 34'7" (10.55 m) long. Her beam is 12'3" (3.73 m) and she displaces 13,200 lbs. (6,000 kgs.). When I used the BoatTEST.com comparison feature and compared the Leader 10 with other boats in her type and size I discovered that she is the beamiest of five other major brands from 3" (7.5 cm) to 9" (22 cm).At 13,200 lbs. (6,000 kgs.) the Leader 10 was the lightest of the five boats by anywhere from 400 lbs. (181 kgs.) to over 3,000 lbs. (1,363 kgs.) She also carried slightly less fuel than the other boats, but carries slightly more water. I suspect that the she has a lower fuel capacity because most of the Leader 10s are ordered with diesel engines which have greater range than the comparable gas engines that most American boaters buy.

Noteworthy Features

I have already mentioned most of the boat's noteworthy features, but just to make it clear here is a list of them in one place-- *2 staterooms. *One-piece windshield and side windows. *Option of either soft or fiberglass sunroof. *Good interior natural light. *Ability to stand or sit at helm with sunroof closed. *Lightweight for more economical operation. *Long overhang of coupe roof for shade. *Ease of enclosing cockpit with attractive-looking canvas. *Reasonable prices for option packages. *Competitive base price.

Option Packages

There are two popular option packages that are offered with the Leader 10, the Premier and the Preference and I can't imagine ordering this boat without both. The Premier Package includes a bow thruster (unless you opt for sterndrive joystick), wood decking in the cockpit and swim platform, snap-in carpet, a cockpit refrigerator, and an extra 110 amp battery. As for the Preference Package, it includes electric trim tabs, a forward sun pad cushion, a wood cockpit table and cover, and an electric toilet.

Jeanneau Leader 10
Where our four weekenders were in cabin class comfort down below, up on deck they're equally comfortable while watching the sunsets over the water. Why not enjoy a drink or two from the entertainment center?
Jeanneau Leader 10
Here is the electrically actuated fiberglass version of the sunroof. Notice the massive side windows and double wide helm seat. To port, the entry for the natural light that bathes the aft cabin. The skipper can stand at the helm with the sunroof closed.
Jeanneau Leader 10
Nights are just as pleasant as the days onboard the Leader 10. With the top open, the outdoors comes further indoors. The wooden deck is part of the Premium Package, the wooden table goes with the Preferred Package.

Recommendation

I have not yet tested the Leader 10 so I would like to hold off making a recommendation until I do. I'm particularly interested in finding out how she performs in a seaway at best cruise and I want to check out her engine room. Having said that, I must admit that I am intrigued by what appears to be an exceptional "utility-to-price" value. Given her handsome, contemporary lines and styling and the features noted above, she looks to me like she should be on the "must-see" list for many boaters thinking about a 30'+ express cruiser.

Standard and Optional Features

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