Originally Posted by chewy
The end with the engine (the blunt end) is called the stern.
Start at the bow and work back. Pointy end to the blunt end.
This will push the baffles towards the stern and will form the same shape as your end cone.
This is what we were told to do by the RNLI.
I'm sure they will be some logic behind it?
The only logic that would apply, I think, is the direction the baffles are glued in. If the glued edge is forwards and the sealing part is aft, then it makes sense that you want the baffle expanding more to the stern than the bow (hows that for parts naming?) Keeps the baffle from folding back on the glue line, as it were.
But, how do you tell which direction they glued the baffles in?
Forgot to say that, when storing the boat (stays on the trailer next to the house), I deflate the tubes to sagging. On cool nights, I'll get folds in the fabric. On hot days, without adding air, they'll expand to nearly usable inflation pressure from air expansion. Which, of course, is why I deflate it so much...