Steve, be aware that you will most likely have certain homesteaders who will try to commandeer the Caribou for their abode. I would hate to think what kind of junk might get carried into the cockpit etc. by squirrels, mice, rats, raccoons, cats, snakes, spiders, ants, etc. I've demoed a Caribou, but I can't remember if they have a cushion built into the seat. The little creatures would make short work of it if it does have a cushion. If you put a cockpit cover on it, it had better be made of iron, or the mice etc. will chew right through it. I think it is also wise to at least loosen the hatch covers, so that the seals,or gaskets get a chance to expand.
Anyway, good luck and happy paddling.