When the Vendée Globe
fleet left Les Sables d'Olonne, more than 20 boats out of 30 were
fitted with LS hydraulic linear drive units. At the end of the
race, no failure had been reported on Lecomble & Schmitt
autopilot drives, proving that the worst sailing conditions are
normal for L&S hydraulic cylinders.
After checking the
40ST16 linear drive used by Michel Desjoyeaux during 90% of the
racing period, it was established that the drive could have done a
second round the world race without maintenance required!