February 2018 - Currently in La Cruz Marina, Banderas Bay Mexico (Marina Riviera Nayarit at La Cruz)
We decided on an EasyStart and purchased one.
Then the marina lost power on the docks for the rest of our stay. It was late January so it was cooler. The marina is up river but there still can be decent breezes.
To watch our TV a bit at night we would use the Honda EU2000i generator as well as make hot water for our shower. We were told by other cruisers that the marina has not had hot water showers for a long time (which we did not know). Other cruisers who came in for a day or two were very disappointed with this fact.
So now we are in Marina La Cruz and enjoying some afternoon Mermaid Marine Air (HVAC) as we are both sick and are going to watch a movie on the boat. This is quite nice. It is February but still with no breeze in the afternoon the temperature is over 80 and the humidity is 73 percent with the sun beating on the boat. While in our boat, s\v Elegant'sea, it is nice and cool and comfy with 51 percent humidity and quiet as there are kids running the docks. I personally did not see us using the HVAC this much or enjoying it this much.
SureAtrat by Hypereng - Electronic Software-Driven Soft Starters
So anyway, we're going to do at least one "Smart Start" install and of course blog the installation and our results.
I called Mermaid Marine Air and they do not recommend any particular brand of product but do say many customers use "Soft Starts" with good results. So, it is do-able!