Yeah, I grew up with 3 of the Mitchell kids.. don't know what happened but I know one of the kids took over some years back... That place was an eyesore but an icon for Santa Fe.Wow, talk about the end of an era. I remember the Sportsman logo on my dad's boat trailer when I was a kid. Very upsetting news.
WOW, does that bring back some memories! I had the same 19.6 boat and Sportsman trailer! I loved that boat! I sold it 11 years ago when I bought my Parker. I fished that boat over 15 years! I made many trips offshore to the Held banks in that boat! I pulled up to Sportsman and had the old fellow from the parts dept. come out and figure out everything I needed to completely rebuild the trailer. That must have been 1982. Sorry to see them go.Sure hate to hear that. Haven't bought much from them in recent years but service was great. I had a Sportsman with the lift up center rollers back in the 70's that was probably the best trailer I ever owned. Installed an electric winch and I could walk to the end of the trailer, hook on to my 19'6 Aquasport and set the bow on the first roller and turn on the winch. The boat could be turned up to 90 degrees and it would swing straight and come up perfectly centered on the trailer. Very easy to load and unload single handed.