Ocean Sailing 1979 – 2019
Michael purchased a Vertue class timber yacht in 1978 with a survey by A.K Balfour. Two summers cruising the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland led to the warmer climate of the Mediterranean. Then on to explore the Pacific, landing in Australia in 1985. Ocean yacht deliveries and a year maintaining the machinery on a dive support vessel working out of Dubai and Bahrain supported the cruising lifestyle.
Shipwright and Boatbuilder
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.
Restoration, repair, and construction of fiberglass, timber, composite, and steel vessels. Michael specialized in interior joinery, stainless steel, and steel fabrication, masts and rigging, engine and shaft installations, and the application of polyurethane and protective coatings.