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?

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    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 '20 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 Feb 16 '20 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 '20 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 '20 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. Feb 17 '20 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 '20 at 1:25
  • Or the speed run way by using an explosion from a bomb to launch on object (like a bomb) into you. Feb 16 '20 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 '20 at 15:59
  • I paraglided but stoked up on stamina boosting food first. I think I had to swim the last bit. Feb 17 '20 at 10:41
  • Are you guys talking about Eventide? Jan 12 '21 at 16:26

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