I greatly missed the OLD board because I thought it would always be there—so many good references to sites and info and contacts. But you CAN still access some of it for that info. I wanted the reference to a sound effects site that had vintage recordings you could preview/listen to (free) of PT Boats underway (PT sharp turn at fast speed, idling to full speed, PT boat pass by, docking maneuvers etc.) The recordings were awesome to hear. I didn’t save it. Now I have it back, if interested the URL is: http://www.sounddogs.com/ShowMessage.asp?Code=NSC
Just use the quick search, and put in PT Boat.
I accessed the old message board by using the internet archive site: http://web.archive.org/collections/web/advanced.html
You specify any old web address and a date (nothing newer than 2005) I used Nov 11 2005 and the old message board bookmark:
as the “find” request.
Got the old board Feb 2004 thru Dec 2005 with over 2500 messages-- most every reference I had wanted to find was there. If there’s something or someone you want to find again, go back and get it!
The above pretty much tells the tale, however (there is always a however) it's not perfect. There are some dead links so not everything comes up, but if you play around sometimes they will. I suggest that if you find an archive that is pretty complete you bookmark it.
All you have to do is highlight and copy this link then paste into your browser and it will take you what I have bookmarked at this point. If you just click on the highlighted part of the link only it will take you to square one and you will have to type in the old SC web address. (www.subcommittee.com) in the search bar. http://web.archive.org/web/*hh_/subcommittee.com/
Anyway, there it is. Happy hunting and good luck.
Feel free to keep the rest of us updated if you find something there that works really well.