I'll be in ohio river mostly between Portsmouth and Aberdeen. I was really wantin a 20ft john boat with a deep bottom and wide. But seen a good deal on a 16 footer so figured I'd ask around.
1760 or 1860 mod v with a 70+ hp motor, maybe a 90 on the 1860. I like a side console but that is just me. No problem 3 guys and a dog if the front deck is kept short on a 17 footer.
Higher sides the better imo. Wider boat will handle more motor as a rule. Need some width to float the motor, batteries, fuel, etc. My boat sits a little low in the rear.