One of the few good things about getting older is that with age comes experience. That's as true for websites as for people, and we've built quite a base of knowledge here at the Marlin Club.
Ever since 2000, we've used software that has allowed us to pull forward all the previous version's messages, and you can search the current MC and read those messages. But the forum existed for three years before that, and since the messages couldn't be converted for use in the newer forum software, they were lost.
Fortunately, the Home Office staff found themselves with time on their hands last year, and make a project out of manually recreating some of those lost messages. They're in the original format - hideous backgrounds and all - and make for some great reading. Use the link below to access the Archives, and happy reading!
Marlin Club Archives