JEANNEAU LEADER 8

BU ILT 2011 PR ICE £58 ,750

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Al­though not a di­rect re­place­ment (there was a pro­duc­tion gap of about four years), the Leader 8 was ba­si­cally a com­pre­hen­sive up­grade of the highly sought af­ter 805 Leader, de­signed for the tee­nies with a more mod­ern look and some of the quirks ironed out. IN­TE­RIOR The Leader 8 is iden­ti­cal in lay­out to the 805 Leader, with a large com­fort­able dinette for­ward that con­verts to a dou­ble berth and a sep­a­rate mid cabin di­vided from the main ac­com­mo­da­tion by a proper door. There’s a de­cent gal­ley with a twin burner gas hob rather than the sin­gle meths burner of many com­peti­tors, plenty of stor­age and even a mi­crowave, while the heads op­po­site fea­tures smarter sur­faces. Two good sized wardrobes aug­ment the stor­age and a more mod­ern light oak fin­ish was avail­able, al­though this early ex­am­ple has the more tra­di­tional cherry wood. EX­TE­RIOR Big­ger changes were found on the out­side. The whole boat has a sharper, more an­gu­lar look, and al­though the deck lay­out is the same, with re­ally good asym­met­ric side decks, the 8 of­fers squared off aft seat­ing, a radar arch that helps sup­port the canopy, a larger bathing plat­form and a new dash lay­out with enough space to flush mount a plot­ter. PER­FOR­MANCE Jeanneau fit­ted both petrol and diesel en­gines, and while the lat­ter will nor­mally cost more to buy, it should main­tain its value well. And in the mean­time, you’ll ben­e­fit from bet­ter econ­omy and far bet­ter fuel avail­abil­ity. The Leader 8 got Volvo Penta’s lusty D4-260, a su­per­charged and tur­bocharged 3.7-litre unit that of­fers strong ac­cel­er­a­tion and a top speed of more than 30 knots. SEA­KEEP­ING A three-me­tre beam makes for a very sta­ble boat at speed (there were no trim tabs as stan­dard) and the gen­tly flared bow helps keep the spray down. It’s a solid per­former with a sturdy feel and a great ride for its size, helped by the fact that it can plane at quite low speeds.

LENGTH 29ft 4in (9.9m) BEAM 9ft 9in (3.0m) DRAUGHT 1ft 8in (0.6m) DIS­PLACE­MENT 2.9 tonnes FUEL CA­PAC­ITY 300 litres EN­GINES Volvo Penta D4-260 260hp diesel

The new dash lay­out has enough space for a flush-mounted plot­ter

The spa­cious dinette trans­forms to a dou­ble berth

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