Europe’s premier motorboating magazine published a 6-page review of the Leader 46 in the September issue, of a boat where J&J Design contributed the naval architecture. It is a front page article by Jack Haines, undertitled An open and shut case for France’s brilliant new sports star. Leader 46 is the top of Jeanneau’s Leader line and already won the Nautic Design Award (France, 2015) and Boat of the Year (Slovenia, 2016).
The review boat was an enhanced version with twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 engines, cockpit doors plus the 11 kW generator and it was “thoroughly put to test through the wringer and howling conditions off Cannes”. Haines praised the the boat, besides overall performance, for “its ability to mould itself to your exact boating needs, be that with an open or closed deck, two or three cabins or a choice of three engines and two drive options”. He also noted impressive details such as the superb finish in the helm station where “the dash is coated in anti-glare material and you hold on to an attractive, chunky leather steering wheel”.
An accent from the verdict: “The talented hull relishes rough conditions and the handling will make you smile.”