by Steve Lague

Jeanneau has used the Cannes Yachting Festival, which started yesterday, to launch a new Leader 30. The entry level sports cruiser will open up a whole new market for the massive French boat manufacturer.
The Leader 30 comes with what Jeanneau describes as a traditional layout and is available with the option of Volvo or Mercruiser powerplants and single or twin engine configuration. The Mercruiser is also available with the option of diesel or petrol engines.
Like the rest of the Leader range the smallest model in the sporty hull is by Michael Peters Yacht Design with the European Garroni Design team adding to its sleek look.
Jeanneau says the Leader 30 will be an ideal boat for day trips but also has sleeping accommodation for four, making it a great option as a weekender for small families. Entertaining is easy with the well-designed cockpit featuring a large lounge on the port side. There is also an elegant wood table that can be dropped down to turn the whole area into a sun lounge. With a good-sized fridge and built-in sink positioned behind the helm chair and plenty of cup holders scattered around the cockpit area it makes a superb entertaining area.
Leader 30 1

Leader 30 3Access to the water is via a large swim platform, accessed via a stainless steel gate on the starboard side.
The helm is well set up with enough space for a large 12-inch multi-display screen while the comfortable helm seat will make it a joy to drive.
Access to the bow, where you will find a comfortable sun lounge that can be converted into a couple of lounge chairs, can be accessed via a narrow walkway either side of the cockpit.
Inside, there is a small but well-equipped galley with a second dining area in the bow that can be converted into a double bed and a separate cabin aft with a second double bed. The Jeanneau Leader 30 will also come standard with a separate toilet with a hot water shower and LED lighting and a Fusion audio system.
To make life easier for the skipper trim tabs, and electric anchor winch and stern cleats for cross docking are also standard.

SPECIFICATIONS
Leader 30 2
Price: $319,000 (with Volvo D4 engine)
Length overall: 9.23 m
Hull length: 7.76 m
Fuel capacity: 300 litres
Water capacity: 100 litres
Cabins: 1/2
Available Engines: Volvo D4 (260ZD/300ZD)
Mercruiser 6.2-litre with Bravo leg
Mercruiser 8.2-litre with Bravo leg
Mercruiser twin 4.5-litre MPI with Bravo legs.

 

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