Jeanneau introduced their Leader line with a forty-footer last year (read Jeanneau Leader 40: Clever Cruiser, to learn more about the original model in this line,) and her smaller sister, the 2016 Leader 36, debuted at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With a V-shaped hull designed by M. Peters and sporty lines by Garroni Designers, this new model will appeal to those who want a smaller package without sacrificing much below. This First Look Video will give you a peek.


By day, the interior saloon is open with the galley and small dining table joining the living area of the master stateroom. By night, the forward cabin can be closed off with a pocket door, allowing privacy for both the owners and the guests—who have their own spacious accommodations aft. A shared head is to starboard and across from the galley. Overall, the boat feels much bigger below than a mere 36 feet.

The Jeanneau Leader 36 is just as clever up top, with a sunpad that quickly converts to the aft seat of a U-shaped dinette and also lifts electrically to reveal access to the engine room. Here, there’s a choice of either twin Mercury 5.7 L 300 HP gasoline engines or twin Volvo Penta D4 diesels from 260 to 300 HP. Either choice should have this model cruising in the high 20-knot range with a top speed in the high 30s.

For more information visit Jeanneau, or take a look at listings for Jeanneau sport cruisers.

Written by: Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,