Originally Posted by Jon in AZ
Just to clarify, Joel... aluminum rivets have proven to be a simple, reliable, and durable way to attach fiberglass cabinets and lightweight hardware to the fiberglass shell in normal use. If installed correctly, the failure rate is acceptably low (eight years and mine hasn't had a failure yet). But for heavy-duty off-roading, with greater impact and twisting forces, I'd want something that spreads the stresses over a larger area. Epoxied (and sometimes glassed in) tabs, similar to your canoe, are used by a number of manufacturers and rehabbers.
Just get a Deluxe, the cabinets are fastened with screws, you could even add more screws.
Or just double up on the rivets on a standard.There is really no good reason to believe that gluing the cabinets would be stronger than through the hull fasteners which could be both reinforceable and repairable.
I've seen guys go offroad with street trucks and then wonder why the windows
fell into the doors and the doors came off the hinges etc.
If I were to go offroad with a trailer I would look at an old trillium
which has a rigid body which is removable from the frame ... or maybe a a Weiscraft...
A Formula 1 car is a high tech miracle but it would not do well at BAJA, even with modifications.