There are a bunch of rafts around Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but they don't seem to be interactable and none of the NPCs so far have mentioned them. Have I missed some clue or interaction which makes them usable, or just do I need to use something weird like time freeze to move them around?

  • If you want some fun, throw some octorok balloons on the raft. You will fly. This can be helpful in niche situations. – Anonymous Mar 8 at 22:06

Turns out you have to use some non-Newtonian physics to move rafts: while standing on the raft, wave a Korok leaf at the sail or push an object held with magnesis against the mast. I could not get the magnesis technique to work with a sword, so either it's been patched out or only certain (heavier?) objects work.

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    Funnily enough, you can’t use the Boat Oar for this purpose – Wondercricket Feb 16 at 1:26
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    @Wondercricket Clearly one of the better thought-out features of a game full of physics-based puzzles ;) – l0b0 Feb 16 at 2:51
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    With a properly-shaped sail, it's definitely possible to move forward with a fan mounted on your boat, no Newtonian negation necessary. youtube.com/watch?v=n9cdfUYkrLY – notovny Feb 17 at 0:18
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    Note that some rafts are tied to docks, so you may need to cut the rope with a sword. – BillThePlatypus Feb 17 at 16:31

Get a Korok leaf and stand on the raft. Use the leaf to blow gusts of wind at the sail. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense and works a little janky but that's how I got around on them. I think this is the only way to get to a certain island as well.

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    Well, technically, you can also go that certain island by building ice blocks. At least that's how I got there :) – Aventinus Feb 16 at 1:25
  • Or the speed run way by using an explosion from a bomb to launch on object (like a bomb) into you. – ratchet freak Feb 16 at 10:52
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    I thought that you can paraglide to a certain island. It has been some time, though, so I may misremember. – Carsten S Feb 16 at 15:59
  • I paraglided but stoked up on stamina boosting food first. I think I had to swim the last bit. – Keith Loughnane Feb 17 at 10:41

Just get yourself a Korok Leaf and use it to make gusts of wind that will push the raft. From what I know it dose not do damage to the Korok Leaf. If you don't have one then you will have to use a normal melee weapon to hit it that will need be good and it hurt the weapon.

It sounds like that you want to go across the ocean. I would just use Cryonics to make ice pillars and glide from one of them to the next one.

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