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New for 2020: Jeanneau Leader 36 – with Lounge Cockpit

For the new season, a superb lounge cockpit version of the Leader 36 has been released.
This new version offers a comfortable cockpit, which can be easily expanded with the back seat transforming at the touch of a button into a beautiful sunbathing area.

New for 2020: Jeanneau Leader 36

The Leader 36 is already a well-regarded sports boat with a host of awards gained on her release. Available in two different versions, sport top and open top, the Leader 36’s sporty lines are by Garroni Design and the superb V-shaped hull designed by Michael Peters.

To bring you a unique level of comfort at sea, Jeanneau has incorporated a separate shower stall, as well as three berths in the aft cabin. Just some of the clever features that make the Leader 36 the ideal boat for family cruising.

New for 2020: Jeanneau Leader 36

With her long, fluid lines, unmistakably high-quality living spaces and exceptional performance at sea, the Leader 36 is the perfect blend of sportiness and elegance.

The Leader 36 – general overview

Jeanneau’s Leader 36 is an express day cruiser built for short, coastal voyages. Two versions are available: The Sport Top, which has an electronic sunroof, and the Open Top, which comes with a GRP radar arch. Both models share the same layout, which includes a fully equipped galley, swim platform, adjustable sundeck, head and separate shower compartment. This vessel is well-suited for families or couples looking to have fun and spend a few nights on the water in a relatively affordable vessel.


Length Overall 38′ 1”
11.62 m
Beam 11’ 10”
3.62 m
Dry Weight 14,586 lbs.
6,616 kg

Powered with twin sterndrives, Jeanneau’s Leader 36 is a capable cruiser in a well-priced package. Above the waterline, the vessel is well suited for relaxation in the sun, and other day-boating activities such as on-board picnics, entertaining, and cocktail parties. The below decks interior living spaces have an innovative, open layout that offers multi uses and a double berth amidships for cruising with two couples or a small family.

New for 2020: Jeanneau Leader 36

Jeanneau offers a choice of diesel or petrol inboards for the new for 2020 Jeanneau Leader 36. For diesel, there are the well proven twin Volvo Penta D4 260-horsepower to 300 horsepower engines with DuoProp sterndrives lower units. Standard features of the Volvo Pentas include common-rail fuel injection, double overhead camshafts, a freshwater cooling system, a seawater strainer, and easy access to the impeller pump.

The other option (probably better to suited to the US market) is twin 300-horsepower MerCruiser 6.2 litre MPI V-8 petrol engines, with dual prop sterndrives. These engines have computer controlled multi-port fuel injection, a closed freshwater cooling system and the Adaptive Speed Control (ASC), which holds engine RPM regardless of load.

New for 2020: Jeanneau Leader 36

The engines are under the aft lounge, which lifts electronically at the push of a button. Note that raw water sea strainers are on top for easy inspection as are oil dipsticks and fills.

At full throttle, the Leader 36 can reach up to 33 knots, consuming about 30 gallons an hour. A comfortable, efficient cruising speed is usually between 17 and 21 knots, and at those speeds this vessel should have an approximate range of 130 to 150 nautical miles.

One of the most interesting features on the Leader 36 is the double wide aft lounge. The backrest can be adjusted to create a variety of seating configurations. There are useful cup holders and alongside, a full-length handrail that aids movement on the swim platform, which also doubles as a footrest when the backrest is positioned so loungers are facing the open water when at anchor. Reverse the backrest and loungers can sit upright, facing inboard and within comfortable reach of the table in the cockpit. Swimmers have easy access in and out of the boat via the full-beam swim platform and the stainless-steel swim ladder. The ladder is stowed in a compartment built into the starboard side of the platform. This deck space can also double as a place to stow water sports equipment, such as a paddleboard. A shower wand with hot and cold water comes standard.

New for 2020: Jeanneau Leader 36

The lounge seats lift electronically to access the engine and mechanical spaces. Hot water is provided by the engines and by an electric hot water heater. The vessel has both an inverter and a generator, as well as an automatic fire system for the engine room. Just forward of the engines are the fuel tanks, which are accessed through the deck sole hatch.

The Leader 36 is clearly designed for relaxing in the sun and general on-board entertaining. Guests on the Open model with radar arch, can be shaded with an optional Bimini while operators of the Sport model press a button and the electronic sunroof on the hardtop pulls back to let the sun in.

Guests stepping up from the swim platform will find a standard hardwood table with fixed U-shaped seating to port with space for four, with room for two more if the aft lounge is configured with the backrest positioned aft. When not in use, the table can be folded in half, which reveals a flat steel top with built-in cup holders. This is a great feature – seating for six people around the table.

Opposite the table is a small galley with a wet bar and storage compartments. An optional grill and refrigerator are available. With cocktail parties, this console can be used as a side board for beverages or finger food.

Forward of the galley is the helm with a single helm seat. A forward-facing companion seat is across the aisle next to the aft-facing chaise lounge. An optional multi-function display is positioned at the centre of the helm station, just above the wheel, with the system switches, engine display gauge and optional VHF positioned close by. Set in a panel above the display are gauges for the trim, RPM, steerage, and fuel with the compass positioned at the top of the panel. The compass is installed as it should be on the centreline of the steering wheel hub, and there is a standard electric windshield wiper on the starboard side.

Outside, it’s possible to move forward on either side of the bridge, but there is a slightly wider side deck to port. The walkways are narrow, but grab rails are well positioned to help balance. The foredeck sun pad has space for two or three passengers and has the bonus of lifting backrests. From the bow, you can also access the (optional) anchor and standard electric windlass.

Stepping down the companionway to access the open-plan cabin – to port is the fully equipped main galley with a sink, two-burner gas stove, and refrigerator, all standard (a microwave is optional). Storage is overhead and in a cabinet. Above the sink is a cabinet with all the electric controls, battery switches, and water levels with a digital display.

Opposite the galley is the head with a sink, vanity, and separate shower stall with head. This arrangement makes double use of the shower stall space and provides a seat when taking a shower, if needed! A manual head with holding tank is standard. There is an opening port light and overhead hatch.


There is a host of optional extras that can be fitted by the factory for the new for 2020 Jeanneau Leader 36 which are worth considering. When specifying a stock boat, we use our many years of experience to specify what we know works best and makes life more comfortable aboard a given model.  As a starting point, we would specify the anchoring kit, followed by trim tabs and a bow thruster. The rest of the options owners might want to consider include a stereo, cockpit refrigerator, and grill for the cockpit and microwave for the galley below. For those into sunbathing, the sun pads forward are a must.

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Jeanneau Leader 36:

To pre-order this stunning New for 2020 Jeanneau Leader 36, or for further details on this or any other Jeanneau model, please contact Oli, Graham, Ric or Steve in the Morgan Marine Sales Office: 01206 302008.

We can supply this new model fully prepared, antifouled, and ready to go with handover at Morgan Marine (or any other Marina in the UK or Europe).

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