Yeah, not being around for extended times is a concern for me. And I think I will do what can be done to winterize the engine and drain the water system. Thankfully, the boats systems are simple. I'll wait to see the circumstances to make the decision whether I should pull and store the boat on it's trailer. This boating thing is just chocked full of compromises....but I think the PNW is WELL worth everyone of 'em!