This page is about Aquasport 52 pools made by Aquasports Pools LLC, or as they are better known, Buster Crabbe Pools. I included this pool you see below, when I reviewed the best above ground pools ever made. The Aquasport 52 was, and still is my #1 top choice.
This is an above ground pool, semi inground pool, and quite often, also used as an inground pool. The strength of the Aquasport 52 wall, makes it perfect for any application, or landscape design.
Assembly and Construction of the Aquasport 52 Pool
Aquasport 52 Pool Wall
I have gone into detail about this pool wall many times, in other articles, so I will keep it short here. The wall is assembled one panel at a time, each interlocking with the last. Each panel is made of thick extruded aluminum, and measures 4″ x 52″. The columns, or ribs you see in the wall, are where each panel lock together. Each panel has two channels, a receiving channel, and a bead. By joining together these panel’s, sliding the bead of one panel, into the receiver of the other channel, the wall forms a super strong vertical column every 4 inches.
So not only are the wall panels themselves thick, but by locking them together you create a wall that just won’t buckle. With all pools, your pool only lasts as long as your wall.
Aluminum Pool Walls
It has been proven over the years, that no pool wall lasts longer than an aluminum pool wall. They do not rust and actually become stronger as they get cold. It is also a fact that thick extruded aluminum interlocking panels make the strongest pool wall. These pools are best suited for semi-inground and total inground installations.
Framing of the Aquasport 52
The bottom track of this pool is almost 4 inches wide (aluminum), with a ninety degree angle added for strength. Each length of bottom track is bolted together using aluminum plates thicker than your pinky finger, and bolts thicker than your index finger.
Once the pool is assembled, it could literally be picked up and moved if you had enough people.
Top Rails of the Aquasport 52 Pool
The top rails are ridged extruded aluminum. Compare that to the resin (cough *plastic) pools of today. You have to make a really thick piece of resin, if your going to compare it to the strength of real metal. Metal that by the way, will be worth something in 30 to 40 years.
All above ground pools, or semi inground pools rely on a cheap piece of plastic to receive the liner bead. The Aquasport 52 top rails have bead channel built into them. When the top rail is extruded at the factory, the bead channel is formed as part of the aluminum top rail. This means you will never have to take the pool apart to replace the liner.
The top rails of this pool are exactly like the coping of an inground pool. That’s why you can pour a cement deck, or install patio block over the top rails if you want.
Aquasport 52 Pools Sizes
All the Aquasport 52 pool models have a 52 inch wall. That goes for their oval pools, and their round Pools. Even their rectangle pools, but those go by another name, and have a deck as part of the construction.
Round Pool Sizes
- 12 x 52
- 15 x 52
- 18 x 52
- 21 x 52
- 24 x 52
The smallest round pool you can buy is a 12. The largest round they make is a 24. I often thought their 12 round would make a good swim spa. We now sell the Badu jet systems, with them, we can turn any pool into a swim spa.
Oval Pool Sizes
- 10 x 15 x 52
- 10 x 18 x 52
- 10 x 22 x 52
- 12 x 18 x 52
- 12 x 20 x 52
- 12 x 21 x 52
- 12 x 24 x 52
- 15 x 24 x 52
- 15 x 27 x 52
- 15 x 30 x 52
- 17 x 32 x 52
All the Aquasport 52 Oval Pools have buttresses and straps, to support the long straight sides of the pool. You can see them in this partially built semi inground oval. You can also see the wide bottom track I was mentioning earlier.
You can see we have a large selection of oval pools. With the smallest oval being 10 x 15 x 52, and the largest being our 17 x 32 x 52.
Aquasport 52 Installation Considerations & Advice
There are somethings you need to consider when installing the Aquasport 52. There are different skimmers and return jets depending how deep in the ground you are installing this swimming pool.
Eventually you are going to need to install a new liner. So if you are installing the pool completely inground, you will need our inground skimmer and return assembly. Otherwise you will have to dig out the skimmer and return jet assembly when doing a liner change.
With our inground skimmer and return jet assembly, you only need to remove the face-plates to change the liner. With the above ground or semi-inground skimmer and return jet assembly, you need to remove them from the pool wall.
Filter & Pump Equipment Installation Concideration
If you plan to install the pool pump above the water line, you will need an inground pump. Inground pool pumps are self priming. Above ground pool pumps are not self priming.
For this reason I recommend installing a variable speed inground pool pump like the Pentair 342001, when installing equipment above the water line. I have included above ground filter / inground pump combo packages on my custom pool package builder page.
The thing to remember about using an inground pump with an above ground filter is that you never want to run the pump at full capacity. I would never run the Pentair 342001 over 2400 RPM with an above ground filter. Also, the 342001 has a 5 minute priming cycle that needs to be disabled when starting the pump for the first time.
You can avoid the added expense of using an inground pump by installing your equipment below the water line.
Aquasport 52 Pools for Sale
We do sell them and ship these pools all over the country. However, If there is a dealer closer to you, we may ask you to deal with your local dealer. That being said, please look for Aquasport 52 pool packages, for sale in our online pool store, MGK Pool’s.