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I'm talking about a small portable tank. I'm my case it's not feasible to store it in the dinghy since I store the dinghy rack on shore. The tank does seal (the vent closes). However, if the tank did somehow leak while in the lazarette the vapor could end up the boat interior and bilge. Here's a quote from surveyors report when I bought the boat....
"The spare propane tank and portable gasoline tanks stored in the cockpit's port aft sea locker must be removed and stored in a location that does not communicate with the vessel's interior to comply with ABYC and CFR requirements."
This is one of the survey items my insurance company required me to follow in order for me to get a certificate of compliance and insurance. I removed the tank for a while, but put it back in the sea locker when I could find no decent alternative, but I've felt guilty about it ever since. Also, I want the insurance to cover the boat if it burns up and if the tank is in the sea locker they would have a case to deny the claim. So, that's why I'm looking for a cradle of some sort that will hold the tank next to the outboard on the rail. I'm not excited about the aesthetics of this solution, so if anyone has a better idea I'd love to hear it.