There is a somewhat official category of recreational kayaks. Yes, most of us paddle recreationally (not pros, not racers, etc.), but not all of us use boats that fit the description of recreational kayaks. Just like many people use boats that are considered sea kayaks not on the sea. These are just naming conventions used in the industry (and not hard and fast).
In general, recreational kayaks (the category) are sit inside, have large cockpit openings, on the shorter side, and relatively wide.
California Kayaker Magazine ran an article in issue 10 on the different categories of kayaks and some of there pros and cons and intended uses and all. can be read for free at http://www.calpaddlermag.com/magazine.html.
Canoe/Kayak Storage Racks
2-3 Canoe/Kayak Trailer
Kayak Motor Kit
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