About Us

E-Marine Survey - Warren survey

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

  • TAFE NSW Certificate III Boat & Ship Building 1988,
  • TAFE NSW Certificate IV Marine Surveying 2001, and
  • 35 years offshore sailing and commercial seafaring.

About Michael Elton

Michael grew up and learnt to sail in Northern Ireland, and racing throughout Ireland in the early 1970’s. He worked throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf. All funding a yacht to explore the Pacific, inspired and fascinated by Polynesian culture. history, navigation and ocean voyages.

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 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 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 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 and analysis

Consultancy for repair, refit and new-build