Semi-Inground | Above-Ground | In-ground – The Aquasport 52 Brochure
Brochure Page for the Aquasport 52 Pools made by Aquasports Pools LLC, or as the company is better known, Buster Crabbe Pools. I included this swimming pool you see below when I reviewed the best above ground pools ever made. The Aquasport 52 Pool was then and still is my #1 top choice. Read Review
This pool model can be installed as an above ground pool, semi-inground pool, and quite often, also used as an in-ground swimming pool. The strength of the Aquasport 52 wall, makes it perfect for any application, or landscape design.
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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 section is made of thick extruded aluminum, and measures 4″ x 52″. The columns or ribs you see on the wall are where each panel lock together. Each wall-section has two channels, a receiving slot, and a bead. By joining together these panel’s, sliding the beaded end of one section, into the receiver channel of another, together they form a super strong 1-inch vertical column every 4-inches.
Aluminum Pool Construction
It has been proven over the years, that no pool wall lasts longer than an aluminum pool wall. They do not rust! Aluminum becomes stronger as they get cold. It is also a fact that thick extruded aluminum interlocking panels make for the best swimming pool walls.
The Framing of the Aquasport 52
The bottom track of this pool that the wall panels sit on is 4 inches wide (aluminum), with a ninety-degree angle added for strength. Each length of the bottom track is bolted together using aluminum plates thicker than your pinky finger, and bolts fatter than your index finger.
After you build the pool you could pick it up and moved if you had enough people, it is that sturdy. Try that with any other pool 🙂
Top Rails of the Aquasport 52 Pool
The Aquasport 52 has ridged extruded aluminum top-plates/rails. Compare that to the resin/plastic pools of today. You have to make a thick piece of resin if you’re ever going to compare it to the strength of our metal aluminum top-rails. Metal that by the way, will be worth something in 30 to 40 years.
Bead Channel Of the Aquasport 52
All above-ground pools or semi-inground pools rely on a cheap piece of plastic to receive the vinyl liner bead. The Aquasport 52 top rails have a bead channel built into the aluminum top plates. The bead channel for the pool liner gets formed into the top-rail during the extrusion process. You will never have to take the pool apart to replace the vinyl-pool-liner.
The inside edge of the Aquasport 52 top-rails is 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.
The strength of the wall and bead-channel enables you to use a thicker vinyl pool liner. There is no chance of the thicker liner-option buckling the wall or ripping out of the bead socket like with traditional above-ground pools. This is why I usually package this pool with the 20/20 mil Brighton Prism pool liner.
Cost of an Aquasport 52
Aquasport 52 pools cost almost twice as much as some above-ground swimming pools. No other pool company on the planet makes a pool with this much aluminum or this dense a panel. But when you compare it to the so-called elite pools in the industry, it is less expensive.
Aquasport 52 Pools Sizes
Aquasport 52 – 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 has a 12-foot diameter. The 24 round is the maximum-size Aquasport 52. I often thought their 12 foot round would make an excellent swim spa. We now sell the Badu jet systems. With a Badu jet, we can turn any pool into a swim spa.
All the Aquasport 52 pool models all have a 52-inch wall. That goes for their oval pools and their round pools too. 24 Rounds, plus 15×30 and 17×32 ovals are required to be buried at least one foot in the ground. These pools are suited for semi-inground and complete inground installations. However, they do not require a poured cement collar when installing in the ground like the Radiant or Optimum Pools.
Aquasport 52 – Oval Pool Sizes
We have a large selection of oval pools.
- 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. See them in this partially built semi inground oval installation below. The swimming pool buttresses on the outside work two ways when installing semi-inground or entirely in-ground. First, they help to keep the wall from leaning out. Then, like an in-ground pool, once you backfill
The thick, wide bottom track I mentioned earlier can be seen in this picture as well.
Aquasport 52 Installation Considerations & Advice
There are some things 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 (like an in-ground pool).
Here is a video I did in my warehouse discussing assembling a 21 round Aquasport 52. Each pool has slight differences but this video should help you to get a feel for the components I have been discussing.
Filter & Pump Equipment Installation Consideration
If you plan to install the Aquasport 52 in-ground and your pool pump will be above the water line, you will need an in-ground pool pump. In-ground pool pumps are self-priming. Above-ground pool pumps are not self-priming.
For this reason, when installing equipment above the water line, I recommend installing a variable speed in-ground pool pump like the Pentair 342001. I have included above-ground filter/in-ground pump combo packages on my custom pool builder page.
You can avoid the added expense of using an in-ground pump by installing your equipment down below the water line.
Here are a few candid photos from our Aquasport 52 Installations
Getting ready to backfill this pool with my helper Hugo. The customer built a fence before we could get in to backfill this installation, so getting the fill between the privacy-fence and the pool all had to be done by hand with a wheel-barrel.
This pool is 17×32 oval. You can see all the buttresses going down one of the straight sides. We installed an EC-50 Hayward filter with a Pentair 342001 pump on this installation.
Same picture as above, but with all the back-fill brought in and rocks raked off the surface. Hugo wanted a picture. He takes a lot of pride in his work.
The picture was taken from the opposite side of the pool. We really worked hard, just the two of us filling in the side next to the fence by hand.
Installation performed by my son Daniel and my son-in-law Andrew. I helped Daniel with the dig, but Daniel and Andrew built the pool.
This one became a project when we got a lot of rain, and the pool base would not dry up so they could smooth the sand and install the pool liner.
Another 17×32 Aquasport semi-in-ground installation. We dug this pool entirely with a skid steer for the first time. Worked out pretty good in all.
This pool was installed in Peabody MA. I would like to get back and take a picture of this pool with the new deck and all the landscaping completed.
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 (mostly NY and NJ). You can assemble a complete Aquasport 52 pool package by visiting our online pool store, MGK Pools.
Rarely are we able to offer a sale or discount on the Aquasport 52, this is actually the first time. Please contact me for details while this offer lasts.