I like it accesible during the day and I usually have an everything bag in the stern so I always set the boat up with the valves in the bow. I still put stuff up there sometimes, but its easy to remove stuff so I have easy access to the valves.
If you are just paddle rafting or don't put much in the ends of the boat, it is kinda nice to keep it out of the way of feet so maybe the stern in that application.
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