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. Marine surveyor Michael Elton is a trade qualified shipwright with extensive ocean sailing, yacht delivery and commercial experience.

  • Trade-qualified Shipwright & Boatbuilder, 29 years
  • Certificate IV qualified Marine Surveyor in 2001
  • 35 years offshore sailing and commercial experience

About Michael Elton

Michael grew up in Northern Ireland, learning to sail at a young age and competed in GP14s throughout Ireland in the early 1970’s.  Tertiary study completed, he worked throughout 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 class timber yacht.  After two summers cruising the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland,  he sailed for the warmer climes of the Mediterranean and on 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, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain supported the lifestyle.

Qualified Shipwright

Michael qualified as a shipwright in 1988 with an apprenticeship at Allcraft Boats under two Halvorsen trained shipwrights. Relocating to Port Stephens in 1993, he built composite timber vessels and operated a shipwright business 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. He specialised in interior joinery, custom stainless steel fabrication, masts and rigging, engine and shaft installations and the application of two-pack polyurethane and protective coatings.

E-Marine Survey - Michael Elton


Certificate IV in Small Craft Surveying

Trade Certificate in Boat & Ship Building

Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessment

Level One, Qualified Shipwright & Surveyor

Shipwright & Boatbuilders Association NSW

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 subsurface issues

Consultancy repair, restoration, new-build