Contents of Report
- Major Features
- Boat Inspection
- Helm Area
- Cockpit Galley
- The Bow
- Cockpit Seating
- Swim Platforms
- Optional Equipment
This boat was designed for day cruises and camping-style overnights. With the optional forward bunk cushion, there is room for a small family to sleep. This is a few-frills boat designed for a young family on a budget or an older couple who can’t stay away from the water.
• Modified V-shaped hull
• Helm station seating for 2
• Cockpit table/seating converts to large sun pad
• Forward sun pad
• Swim platform
• Twin outboards
• 1 double berth with option for a second
• Enclosed head with shower
The Jeanneau Leader 9.0 can be powered by twin 250-hp outboards as an option, though the twin 200s are the standard power. Her hull was designed by Michael Peters, a well-known naval architect for boats of nearly all sizes. We have not tested the boat so can make no comment on its performance.
Starting at the twin-seat helm station, one bolster seat centers the driver behind a padded wheel with twin throttles just outboard. The optional Garmin GPS is at eye level when seated, and well shaded by an eyebrow on the dash. Engine information is mounted on the console just to port of the wheel. A windscreen deflects air away from both driver and passenger (who has a bolster seat, as well as a handhold). Helm options include a tilt steering wheel, electric trim tabs, and a bow thruster.
To port of the companionway, the cockpit galley comes standard with a sink; options include a small refrigerator under the companion bolster seat and single propane gas burner.
Access to the bow is via port and starboard side decks, but the helm and galley area are offset so the port side deck is wider. The bow deck has a stainless double railing that conforms to CE and ABYC standards. It is open at the bow to aid anchoring and for bow-in mooring access. There’s no seating up here (check the Leader 9.0 CC for that), but there’s plenty of room for sunning on the two optional built-in pads with adjustable back/head rests.
An anchor roller and anchoring kit can be added as options, and while there’s an anchor locker there is no option available for a centerline cleat. The two standard bow cleats are recessed in a carved out molding that also houses the navigation light; there are no chocks.
Obviously, every boat must have an anchor and proper ground tackle, even if the owners only plan on going from marina to marina.
The non-skid cockpit is self-draining, although the teak sole visible in many of the photos is an option. The two outboards are behind a high-backed padded settee that joins a fold-down settee at the starboard end of the solid wood table, seating three to four people. As an option, the table and seats can be turned into another sun pad. There’s also a dropdown bench attached to the aft side of the pilot seat as well as an optional dropdown port side bench for even more seating. Cupholders and handholds are within easy reach of almost everyone.
For water access, unhook a stainless gate to port and step onto a 2’ (.61 m) long swim platform that extends aft alongside the engines. There’s a second swim platform to starboard, accessed by scooching across just ahead of the engines, but the port area will be the first choice. It has a storage locker, built-in telescoping boarding ladder, and an optional shower head.
Two steps down into the cabin, turn to port for what Jeanneau describes as a “breakfast nook:” a small counter, sink, and lockers. Microwave, hot water, and a stainless sink are all available as options.
A salon table with banquette seating fills the entire bow area; drop the table down, add optional filler cushions, and this becomes a large playpen-bunk lit by the large fixed windows.
Behind the steps, tucked underneath the cockpit is another full-sized double bunk that runs athwartships with storage lockers at the foot and a shelf/window along the aft side.
To starboard of the steps is an enclosed head with angled door. Inside is a small sink, counter, and toilet area. A built-in shower is standard, though hot water is not.
Jeanneau does not oﬀer specific construction information for their outboard line. For all boats purchased after Sept 1, 2018, the company has extended the standard (international) warranty from two to three years. Blisters are covered for up to five years, and the structural warranty is seven years.
The standard trim will be fine for day cruisers, but every boat should have an anchor, which is not included as standard equipment. And anyone interested in overnights or rainy day cabin time will want to add two options: hot water (without it, a shower will not appeal except in the warmest climates), and an opening deck hatch. Any buyer planning on marina-based use might want to add a shore power plug, and those trying to limit their safe-sun time will want to consider the optional T-top or Bimini.
The Jeanneau Leader 9.0 base price is $123,670. Fully loaded MSRP $214,138.
At just shy of 30’ (9.14 m), the Jeanneau Leader 9.0 packs a lot of useable features into an affordable boat. Obviously, the price will rise as amenities are added, but that was the builder’s plan. Every owner will use the boat in a different way and needs different gear. By selling a pretty much stripped-down boat each buyer can get it for the lowest price given what is wanted on the boat. We think this model will hit a sweet spot for boating couples and families who want to explore distant harbors by day and bring along just enough cabin for the occasional overnight.
Standard and Optional Features
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Boats More Than 30 Feet
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