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Brief Summary

The new Jeanneau Leader 46 is the company's flagship powerboat at 46'10" (14.3 m), and she's offered in two- or three-cabin versions. Power is Volvo Penta D6-370 or 400s with DP, and a joystick option is available. We have no test numbers on this yacht, but with a 238-gallon (900 L) fuel capacity, her range should be more than adequate for most uses.

Key Features

  • Electric windlass
  • Cockpit bench
  • Permanent aft sunbath
  • Swim platform with swim ladder
  • Wood cockpit table and cover
  • Hot and cold cockpit shower
  • Fabrics with standard colors in salon and cabins
  • Varnished salon table
  • Forward cabin with 2 single berths convertible into a double berth
  • Aft cabin with double berth

Specifications

Length Overall 46' 10'' / 14.3 m
Beam N/A
Dry Weight N/A
Draft 3' 7''
1.1 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 238 gal.
900 L
Water Capacity N/A

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Engine Options

Tested Engine Currently no test numbers
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370 DP
2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370 DP with Joystick
2 x 400-hp Volvo Penta D6-400 DP with Joystick
2 x 435-hp IPS600 D6 with Joystick

Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 46 rendering

The Leader 46 is Jeanneau’s newest express yacht. She can be powered by either twin diesel sterndrives or pods.

Mission Statement

At 46’10” (14.3 m) LOA, the Leader 46 is the flagship of Jeanneau’s powerboat fleet. She’s designed as a continuation of the Leader 40 with the aft deck, salon and lower helm on the same level, which creates a larger feel for this size boat.
Below decks, she features a full-width master stateroom at amidships and a spacious VIP cabin in the bow. Owners can add a third cabin if they need the extra sleeping capacity. For versatility, the Leader 46 can be powered by twin Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives or by IPS pods.

Jeanneau Leader 46 floor plan

The aft deck, salon and helm are all on the same level, creating a continuous area for entertaining.

Jeanneau Leader 46 floor plan

The aft sun lounge is shown here. The large sun pad with lifting backrests on the bow is an option.

Features Inspection

The Bow.

On the bow, she comes standard with an electric windlass, stainless steel anchor roller and pulpit. For passengers who like to stretch out while tanning, owners can get an optional foredeck sun pad with backrests that raise to form chaise-style lounges.

Jeanneau Leader 46 side decks

The Leader 46’s side decks come standard covered in nonskid fiberglass and teak is an available option.

The Stern.

Crew members can head aft on walkways on each side of the Leader 46’s pilothouse. Her swim platform has enough depth fore to aft for a tender and there’s a stainless-steel boarding ladder to port. The boat also comes standard with a hot and cold freshwater shower on the aft deck. From the stern, there’s access to a tender garage that opens manually on a pair of gas struts.

Jeanneau Leader 46 garage

The garage gets the tender out of the way, keeping the swim platform open for recreation.

Jeanneau Leader 46 stern

Notice the dual cleats on each side on the Leader 46’s stern. They provide more options when securing lines.

The Aft Deck.

Stairs on each side lead from the swim platform to the Leader 46’s aft deck. There are stainless-steel gates to close off the passageways. Jeanneau’s cockpit galley comes standard with a freshwater sink and storage. An electric grill, a 1.5 cu. ft. (42 L) refrigerator and an icemaker are all available options.
The forward of the galley features an aft facing bench seat and there is a passage between the two. The Leader 46 comes standard with an aft-facing chaise-style lounge.

Jeanneau Leader 46 aft grill

The cover for the aft grill and sink opens on stainless steel supports. Note the heat shield above the grill.

The Cockpit.

In the standard layout, the Leader 46 has open passage from the aft deck to the helm. Owners can opt for the aft cockpit glass door and window or have an open coupe. A passageway to starboard leads to a large seating area. To port, a lounge wraps around a wood table. To starboard, there’s a smaller lounge.

Jeanneau Leader 46 aft deck storage

In the standard layout, there’s open passage from the aft deck all the way to the helm.

Jeanneau Leader 46 aft glass door

The Leader 46 with the optional aft cockpit glass door and window.

The Helm.

To port adjacent to the helm, there’s a forward-facing bench that converts to a sheltered sun lounge. The helm has a two-person seat with the steering wheel positioned to starboard. The Leader 46 comes standard with trim tabs, a compass and VHF radio. Among the available options are a bow thruster and a 12” Raymarine e127 GPS/chartplotter.

Below Decks

Jeanneau Leader 46 cabin layout

The Leader 46’s standard layout consists of two cabins fore and aft with the dinette and galley in between.

Jeanneau Leader 46 optional floor plan

The optional floorplan replaces the salon with a third cabin that has two individual berths.

The Salon.

Stairs centrally located between the helm and the forward port lounge lead below decks. To port is the Leader 46’s salon. The horseshoe-shaped lounge has storage in the base and seating for four or five around the varnished table.

Jeanneau Leader 46 salon windows

The salon windows have opening port lights. Notice that there’s plenty of headroom.

Jeanneau Leader 46 salon

Aft in the salon is the entry to the master stateroom. This photo shows the optional 32” flatscreen TV.

The Galley.

Across to starboard, the galley has a stainless steel sink, a cooktop and a 3.2-cu. ft. (90-L) refrigerator. A microwave oven and dishwasher are available options. An opening port provides ventilation and there’s storage beneath hatches in the sole.

Jeanneau Leader 46 galley

Jeanneau uses removable covers over the galley sink and cooktop to create more food preparation space.

Accommodations

Master Stateroom.

At the base of the helm deck stairs, a door opens to the aft master stateroom. The berth is positioned fore to aft and slightly offset to starboard. There’s a hanging locker to port forward of the en suite head, plus additional drawer storage. A 24” TV is an available option.

Jeanneau Leader 46 master cabin

A window naturally illuminates the Leader 46’s master cabin and two opening portholes let in fresh air.

Jeanneau Leader 46 tv

The 24” TV that’s shown in this photo is part of an upgrade that includes DVD and MP3 players.

Bow VIP Stateroom.

At the forward end of the salon is the entry to the bow cabin, which has scissor-style single berths that pull together to accommodate a couple. There’s also a full-hanging locker and private access to the head that also has an entry from the salon.

Jeanneau Leader 46 single berths

The two single berths in the bow cabin are pulled together here. They can also be separated to conform to the hull’s V-shape so that kids can sleep apart.

Master and VIP Heads.

The master head on the Leader 46 has a vanity with a sink and mirror outboard to port. While there are separate compartments for the shower and electric freshwater toilet in the master head, the forward VIP head has a shower stall in the same space as the toilet. Each head has an opening port and storage.

Jeanneau Leader 46 head

To port, the en suite master head separates the toilet in its own aft compartment. The shower is behind the mirrored door that is forward of the vanity.

Power and Propulsion.

We haven’t tested the Jeanneau Leader 46 so we do not have her performance numbers. Jeanneau offers three power choices: Twin Volvo Penta D6-370, D6-400 sterndrives, or twin IPS600 pod systems. All engine packages come with Volvo Penta’s joystick docking system.

Jeanneau Leader 46 profile shot

This rendering shows the positioning of the Volvo Penta IPS pod drives. The Jeanneau Leader 46 can also be ordered with the diesel sterndrives.

Electrical Systems.

The electrical system includes a 7.5-kW diesel generator. There are three batteries and a charger, plus a 220-volt shore power plug. There are 12-volt power plugs and 220-volt outlets.

Price

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Options to Consider

• Third cabin in lieu of salon

• Electric trim tabs (part of Premier package)

• Search light

• Bow thruster

• Volvo Penta automatic trim

• Raymarine e97 depth transducer

• Autopilot

• Mooring kit

• Anchoring kit

• Forward sundeck with lifting backrests

• 20,000 BTU reverse-cycle air conditioning

• Covers for aft cockpit bench, helm and aft sun pad

• Cockpit cover

• Teak cockpit floor

• Teak swim platform

• Teak side decks

• Hydraulic swim platform

• Hydraulic gangway

• Raw-water washdown

• Fusion audio package

• Microwave oven

• Dishwasher

• Cockpit grill

Observations

The Leader 46 is aptly named because she is the flagship of all of Jeanneau’s powerboats. She has a practical feel with the tender garage, cockpit galley and the convertible seating areas on the aft deck and across from the helm.
For a 46’10” (14.3 m) boat, she has a good amount of seating space, especially in the cockpit, which has two lounge areas. Below decks, the salon has a good amount of headroom and a separate shower stall in the owner’s cabin.
Possibly the most important thing about the Jeanneau Leader 46 is her exterior styling. She is not euro-looking nor does she look like a sportboat on steroids. Rather, to our eye, she reminds us of a serious cabin cruiser that is functional, nautical and will be in style for decades.