About Us

E Marine - Vertue V110 FIALAR

E Marine Survey was established in 2004 by Mike Elton, a trade-qualified shipwright, boatbuilder, and marine surveyor. We share a strong relationship with clients and the local marine industry, providing thorough surveys, clear and accurate reports.

  • TAFE NSW Certificate III Boat & Ship Building 1988
  • TAFE NSW Certificate IV Marine Surveying in 2001
  • 35 years offshore sailing and commercial seafaring
  • Member of  Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors

Michael grew up in Northern Ireland, racing throughout Ireland in the early 1970s. His early working life spanned the United Kingdom, Europe, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and the Arabian Gulf. A cruising yacht to explore the Pacific was the goal. Inspired by David Lewis, Heyerdahl, Stevenson and others about Polynesian culture, ocean navigation and voyages.

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.

E-Marine Survey - Michael Elton

Michael Elton

TAFE NSW Cert III Boat & Ship Building

Shipwright Trade Certificate 8610340

TAFE NSW Cert IV Marine Surveying

TAFE NSW Cert IV Assessment & Training

Shipwright & Boatbuilders Association NSW

Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors