About Us

E-Marine Survey - Warren survey

Founded in July 2004, E-Marine Survey have established a solid reputation with clients and the marine industry for independent surveys and accurate reports. Yacht surveyor Michael Elton is a trade qualified shipwright with extensive ocean 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, and raced GP14 dinghies throughout Ireland in the early 1970’s.  He worked in the United Kingdom, Libya and Saudi Arabia which gave the means to explore the Pacific, inspired by the voyages and books of David Lewis.

Ocean Sailing

In 1978, he purchased a Laurent Giles ‘Vertue’ timber yacht. After two summers sailing the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland, he sailed for the Mediterranean and then on to Australia via the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Yacht deliveries and a year maintaining the machinery on a commercial dive vessel working out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi 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. He relocated his shipwright business to Port Stephens in 1993 to build timber composite yachts, for 12 years prior to founding 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 rails and fittings, steel fabrication, masts, 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 of NSW

(A 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