Maybe it would be more useful to have a tab along with (or instead of) Basic which contain the modules marked with red cross - the ones needed to make your ship usable. Like Sails if it can not move, Corridors if some modules are not connected.
That's already in the game...
I will be not surprised if that is... But I dunno where?
There is a "Basic" tab where you could find anything to make basic ship, but there is a fixed list of items always here, it is not changing according to your needs. And there are modules besides the ones in "Basic" tab which may be more useful to fix your problem. You can place Small Coal Store and Coal Store, for example. Both are marked with Red Cross, but only big Coal Store can be found in "Basic" tab.