The Jeanneau Leader 36 occupies a space in the market where there is precious little rivalry. The Bavaria Sport 360 presents a challenge, as does the Galeon 350 HTC but, those aside, the Leader 36 has a decent run at the boat buying public.

The boat is available in open or hardtop variants but the latter is likely to be most popular thanks to the ease of its GRP sliding electric sunroof.

The cockpit is classic open sportscruiser with a decent sunpad aft, a dining area amidships opposite the wet-bar and the helm forward with an aft-facing chaise longue and single navigator seat to port.

The helm is simple but clear and ergonomically sound with a good view forward no matter if you are seated or standing. A flip down step also means you can stand with your head well clear of the top of the windscreen if you wish.

Below decks, Jeanneau has cleverly trodden the line between open plan and private cabins by providing a sliding door that cuts off the forward berth just aft of the dinette table so that the forward sleeping area is sectioned off from the rest of the boat.

Amidships there is a separate guest cabin with twin berths and an ad hoc third bunk running athwartships if you need it.

For the full test report on the Jeanneau Leader 36 pick up the July 2015 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting out 4 June.