I think you could say that was a given. At the most basic level it's a reliable engine
with space enough for two people and all your stuff. Smaller boats require less power. You'll want a good anchor
and sizable tanks
for adequate fuel
. You need a holding tank
for your head
or a porta potty. On a long term basis a porta potty is a big hassle. The internal diesel
will provide a lot more reliability
. An Atomic 4 gasoline engine
would do just as well. I would skip the wood stove and go white gas for cooking
on a portable stove if the boat does not have a stove already. Alcohol isn't that bad either even if propane
is better. A fridge would be nice, but an ice box could do. The wood stove in the summer just won't be desirable and on a small boat it will smell bad and overheat the cabin
and maybe start you on fire. You need nav lights and all the USCG equipment
. Be nice if it wasn't hideously ugly too.
You might be over thinking this river boat. I would work with your budget
and find the boat in the best condition possible and plan on a June start preceded by a shake down trip with some extra cash to work out the kinks. Repairs
on any budget
boat can consume another 50% to 70% of the purchase price
if the boat isn't sound. Since you are on a tight budget don't fool yourself into thinking you have unlimited options or an ideal boat. From the pool of boats for sale
that you can afford and actually go look at just pick the best one and go. In a real sense there can't be more than few hundred boats you could actually buy that meet the broadest criteria. Computing the perfect boat is more of a hobby than sailing one.
Sounds like a fun adventure.