To put it simply, Steve Uhthoff is known as one of the best gelcoat and fiberglass craftsmen on the Chesapeake. Steve takes great pride in performing superior quality work — from structural repairs to mirror-finish paint jobs. Steve brings over 30 years of experience and his exceptional attention to detail to each project. His wife, Tracy Uhthoff, is an integral part of the business, running the daily aspects of the office so Steve can do the work he loves. Together, they have built a reputation for great customer service and impeccable quality workmanship. Annapolis Gelcoat & Restoration is based at Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Annapolis and performs mobile work throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.
Steve is also one of only a few in the area proficient at handling repairs and construction with the new material technologies of carbon fiber and Kevlar. In his spare time, Steve designs and builds boats in addition to rebuilding his own boats.
Steve was born to be in the boating business. He grew up cruising on a sailboat, living aboard for over 26 years starting at the age of eight, cruising the U.S. coasts to as far as Haiti. Steve grew up learning the art and craftsmanship of yacht repair from his father who was a truly trained shipwright. His first job, at age 14, was working for Annapolis Spars fairing and painting masts. He worked in most of the area boat yards, progressively learning all aspects of boat repairing and finally owning Steve’s Yacht Repairs and Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard on Spa Creek in Annapolis. While owning Steve’s Yacht Repairs, Steve was well known for his very high quality work fairing and shaping world class race boats in addition to the local racing fleets such as the Mumms, Melges and J-Boats. After selling the boat yard, Steve saw a niche in yacht repair as a small customer-oriented fiberglass/gelcoat repair and paint shop. He has brought Annapolis Gelcoat & Restoration up to new levels of yacht restoration and customer service, taking special care of the entire vessel while working on it and providing well-beyond the normal quality of work typically found in the industry. AGFR is renowned for doing the job right the first time!
Tracy Uhthoff, Office and General Manager
After graduating from Frostburg State University with degrees in English and Philosophy, Tracy first worked as an administrative and hotline assistant for a non-profit in Prince George’s County. She then enjoyed an editorial and administrative position with an educational consulting firm in Bethesda before her father finally convinced her to help manage the family’s career marketing firm in Rosslyn, VA. In 2002, Tracy made the move to Annapolis Gelcoat & Restoration to work with Steve in building their business. She brings over 25 years of office management expertise and a complete dedication to providing the highest possible customer care. Tracy’s sailing career started in 1996 when she made her first offshore trip to spend the winter in the Bahamas. Since then she’s been having fun sailing, playing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay.