The cruising lifestyle is so deep in their blood that they are now going to continue and complete their circumnavigation that was cut short in 2009 when they were captured and interred by Somali Pirates. Obviously, they are taking a different route this time around which will cut out the northern Indian Ocean.
They currently have their vessel moored near the yacht club in Dartmouth, Devon, whilst they carry out most of the refit themselves.
The refit could be finished by early next year and the Chandlers are understood to be keen to set off in the springtime – some 18 months after they were released.
|Lynn Rival going back into the water|
'I know I’m not fit enough yet but I can’t wait to start clearing up!
'It will take a lot of work to exorcise the ghosts but I’m happy that she will be ours again.’
Mr Chandler has posted pictures online repairing the decking on the vessel and fitting new teak strips - the wooden cladding which appears on top.
The hull is being repainted, the mast restored and the interior refurbished after more than a year of pirate occupation.
The vessel is currently in Dartmouth, Devon, while the repairs are carried out.
|Paul working on the outboard motor|
Rope is routed through the gear for the two sails on the front of their yacht.
The shop owner told MailOnline: 'They got the boat back and are are doing a refit down at Darmouth. I got an email back in February this year from Mr Chandler inquiring about our reefing gears.
'When I spoke to them I asked "Are you going sailing again?" and they are. I don't think they will be going near the area where they were kidnapped - they are going across the South Atlantic this time.
'They are carrying out a refit which I think they hope to complete early next year.
'Their yacht is needing extensive repairs as it was badly damaged - I believe it was returned to them by the Navy.
'As there is a lot to do it is likely to be the spring before they are in a position to launch.'
She added that after the initial inquiry they placed an order in June once they had settled with their insurance company.
Mrs Beech added that she believes she served the couple a few years ago - but cannot remember for certain.
'It's an inspiring story and it's so brave of them to go back out again,' she added.'
Images courtesy Paul and Rachel Chandler
With dedication like that to carry on and complete their 'adventure of a lifetime' sailing dream, we can only wish them fair winds and calm seas.
You can read much more about the cruising life in my ebook 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' downloadable from my website www.sailboat2adventure.com