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Jeanneau Leader 46



In 1957, Henri Jeanneau, already passionate about airplanes and automobiles, had just discovered a brand new passion for powerboating, one that began as he watched a boat pass by his window. Soon afterward, in the small town of Les Herbiers, France, home to a rich heritage of artisan work, he began building a wooden hull with which he participated in the 6-hour Paris race, the largest national race at the time. He was first to cross the line.  Soon afterwards, Henri Jeanneau launched the company we know today, Jeanneau.
Although Jeanneau built strictly powerboats for the first 10 years, it was the sailboats that really put the company on the international map and what most people know the company for today. In fact, Jeanneau is now one of two of the best-selling brands in the U.S. and the world.
About 5 years ago, Jeanneau decided to make a concerted effort to achieve the same level of success in the U.S. with their range of powerboats as they now enjoy with their sailboats. “As a company, we had both the drive and the experience to grow our range of powerboats in the U.S. as we did our sailboats.” says Nick Harvey, President of Jeanneau America, a subsidiary of the French parent company.
One of those powerboat lines that have been extremely popular in Europe is the Leader range. And this year, Jeanneau will be adding a new model to the range which will debut at this year’s Miami show, the Leader 46. The Leader 46 joins the Leader 40 introduced at last year’s Miami show as well as the Leader 36 introduced this past fall. Now the flagship of the Leader range, the Leader 46 is offered with a variety of engine choices including twin 400hp Volvo Penta D6s and a choice between IPS 500s and IPS 600s.
Like her smaller sisters, the Leader 46 is designed for having fun in the sun. Large sliding sunroof, optional hydraulic swim platform, outside grill and plenty of places to hang in the sun are just a few of the defining features of the new Leader 46.
Slip below and what you’ll find is a great main salon with good-sized galley to starboard, large U-shaped dining area to port and access to the day head forward. The owner’s cabin, located aft, is a full beam master complete with private head and shower and plenty of headroom. Forward, you’ll find a VIP cabin that on any other boat of this size would be considered the master. All and all the interior of the Leader 46 can only be described as impressive.
Currently, the Leader 46 is being considered for both European Boat of the Year as well as the Nautic Design Award for 2015. And while there’s no guarantee that success in Europe means a slam-dunk in the U.S., there’s no denying that the Leader 46 is one sweet ticket to ride so expect heads to be turning at this year’s Miami show once prospective buyers get a good look at the new Leader 46.
More information about the Leader 46 can be found at http://www.jeanneau.com/boats/Leader-46.html.