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Beginners with Fuel Storage

My wife and I just purchased our first boat, a ''79 Catalina 25. All of our sailing previously has been on sailboats with no motors or fuel. Our C25 has a shelf in the aft end of the cockpit port locker with a vent directly adjacent to it (off the stern) which we run the fuel hose out to the outboard. It seems as if there would be sufficient venting for this primary tank. But what about a spare tank? The port cockpit is a dumpster and I am afraid that it is not vented well enough to store an extra fuel tank. Should we even be storing an extra tank of gas on board? Can the tank be closed up all the time, or does it need to be opened when being used? We would appreciate any help someone can offer on these basic fuel questions and any suggestions for dealing with fuel in general?
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