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Below is the part that opened up the question not of just what the difference was, but why.
"One dude I asked over the weekend said "it's for people who aren't serious about kayaking" (?)"
I don't agree with the snotty attitude of the way this appears in print. But the OPer clearly did not understand why someone would say that. And after recently taking two classic rec paddlers out in their Pungos on a (quiet) ocean bay who are otherwise smart, terribly capable people, I have some sympathy for the problem of condensing so many differences into a short form. We got a lot of questions on the most basic things when they observed the difference in that paddling environment versus the small Vermont ponds they usually use.
The meaning of a recreational kayak in marketing is clear along with some references to the more featured boats and some allusion to why on some sites. If someone has not gotten that from those sources, if is fair enough to do it here.
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