About Us

E-Marine Survey - Warren survey

E-Marine Survey have an established reputation with clients and the marine industry for independent surveys and accurate reports. Michael Elton is a trade qualified shipwright and marine surveyor, with sailing, delivery and commercial experience.

  • TAFE NSW Certificate III Boat and Ship Building in 1988
  • TAFE NSW Certificate IV Marine Surveying in 2001
  • 35 years offshore sailing and commercial experience

About Michael Elton

Michael grew up and learnt to sail in Northern Ireland, racing throughout Ireland in the early 1970’s. He  then worked in the United Kingdom, Libya and Saudi Arabia. This funded a vessel to sail the Pacific Ocean, inspired by the tales and voyages of  many well known explorers.

Ocean Sailing

In 1978, he purchased a Laurent Giles Vertue class timber yacht to explore the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland. Three years followed in the Mediterranean, then to Australia via the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Yacht deliveries and a year maintaining the machinery on a commercial dive support vessel working out of Dubai and Bahrain supported the lifestyle.

Qualified Shipwright

In 1988 Michael qualified as a shipwright with an apprenticeship under two Halvorsen trained shipwrights at Allcraft Boats. In 1993, he relocated to Port Stephens to operate a successful shipwright and boatbuilding business for 12 years, prior to establishing E-Marine Survey in July 2004.

Trade Skills

Restoration, repair and construction of fibreglass, timber, composite and steel vessels. Michael specialised in interior joinery, stainless steel and steel fabrication, masts and rigging, engine and shaft installations, and the application of polyurethane and protective coatings.

E-Marine Survey - Michael Elton


TAFE NSW Certificate IV Marine Surveying

Trade Certificate III in Boat & Ship Building

Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessment

Level One, Qualified Shipwright & Surveyor

Shipwright & Boatbuilders Association NSW

(division of the Boating Industry Association)

Shipwright and Boatbuilders Assoc of NSW

Our Surveys

Pre-Purchase Survey condition surveys

Insurance Survey C & V for underwriters

Claims Assessment for underwriters

Valuations for finance, legal and customs

Non-Destructive Testing for condition

Consultancy repair, restoration, new-build