September 12, 2013

Project: Jeanneau 38 Leader

Jeanneau presents the project of a new 38 Leader.  Many would think that this new Jeanneau is an extension of the 10 Leader, but in reality this is a completely new model from the French builder.  Designed by Garroni with a hull shape coming from one of the most respected powerboat keel designers the American Michael Peters, the 38 Leader aims to compete in this size with a high level product featuring attractive sport looks. What I definitely like in the 38 Leader is the single level cockpit, which makes this deck usage definitely more efficient.  Yes you get two steps one that is for the L-shaped lounger and another for the helm, but these do not disturb from the normal deck movement outside.  The layout of the cockpit layout is of standard format C-shaped settee, L-shaped lounger to port side, single seat helm station and a wet bar with grill to starboard. There is a also a small sun pad aft which extends at the expense of the C-shaped settee which becomes of L-shape when you do this.  Down below Jeanneau does not reinvent the wheel and again offers a traditional layout with two cabins; owners to fore, and a twin amidships with in between having saloon, galley, and shower head.  Power is standard Volvo 300hp, with optional 370 and Mercruiser 380 units all these coming with sterndrive dual propeller propulsion.