Sea kayaks are designed to handle well in open water and for paddling longer distances.
Recreational kayaks work well in sheltered ponds, lakes and harbors and calm water rivers.
Canoes are open boats propelled with either single or double bladed paddles.
Tandems or Doubles are boats design to carry two or more people
Human powered craft propelled by oars in oarlocks.
Boats suitable for racing. Depending on how fit you are there are racing classes for almost all types of boats. These designs are fast for the class of boat they fit into.
Boats design for playing in waves and surf