Pictures won't show you the differences between the boats. It's how they are designed and built. A racer, generally speaking, will have lots of sail but a low displacement. A bluewater (ocean crossing boat) will, generally speaking, be heavier and more closed in (smaller cockpit, lots of places inside to wedge yourself, etc.). A coastal cruiser will be medium displacement and have more entertaining areas (generally). You may want to change your classifications to be: Bluewater, coastal cruiser and racer.
If you search for "Bluewater" on this site you will find many discussions as to characteristics of bluewater and coastal cruising boats.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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