About Us

E-Marine Survey - Warren survey

E-Marine Survey was founded in July 2004 and since then has established a solid reputation. 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. He used to race GP14 dinghies throughout Ireland in the early 1970’s. Then he worked in the United Kingdom, Europe, Libya and Saudi Arabia. This gave him the means to explore the Pacific, inspired by the voyages and books of David Lewis.

Ocean Sailing

In 1978, Michael purchased a Laurent Giles ‘Vertue’ timber yacht. He then spent two summers sailing the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland. After that he sailed to the Mediterranean. Next on to Australia via the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His lifestyle was supported by yacht deliveries and maintaining the machinery on a commercial dive vessel working out of Dubai.

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. He established E-Marine Survey in July 2004.

Trade Skills

Michael’s trade skills include

  • interior joinery
  • stainless steel rails and fittings
  • steel fabrication
  • masts and rigging
  • engine and shaft installations
  • the application of polyurethane and protective coatings

He is also skilled in restoration, repair and construction of fibreglass, timber, composite and steel vessels.

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