Semi-Inground | Above-Ground | In-ground – The Aquasport 52 Brochure

Brochure Page for the Aquasport 52 Pool made by Aquasports Pools LLC, or as the company is better known, Buster Crabbe Pools. Aquasports two best pools are the “Admirals Walk” and “Aquasport 52 seen in the image below”. This Pool was then and still is my #1 top choice Read Review.

Original Aquasport 52 Brochure pdf
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The Aquasport 52 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 wall makes it perfect for any application, or landscape design.

Semi-Inground Above ground pool

Assembly and Construction Details

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 it gets 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

Sills /Bottom Plates

The sill located on the bottom of the pool that the wall panels slide into and sits on, is 4 inches wide (aluminum), with two ninety-degree angles that form a channel the wall panels drop into. Each length of the bottom track is bolted together using aluminum plates thicker than your pinky finger, and bolts fatter than your index finger.

Top Rails

This pool 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 On This Pool

All above-ground pools or semi-inground pools rely on a cheap piece of plastic to receive the vinyl liner bead. The 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 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.

Buttresses / Posts / Uprights

The uprights or posts on this pool are called buttresses. They form the left and right of the wall sections. After connecting the sills together you install the buttresses, then the wall panels. This order of assembly is important.

There are two holes in the top and bottom of every buttress panel. They get installed everywhere two sills come together. These buttresses get bolted to the bottom sills and then later after the wall panels are installed to the top plates locking the wall panels in place in a thick frame.

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.

Pool Liner Options

All our pool liners are custom manufactured to fit our exact pool dimensions. We feel that when you buy the best swimming pool, you should also get the best pool liner and accessories to complete the package.

These are the pool liner prints we usually have in stock.

Outlook Pool Liner
Outlook /Swirl
Boulder Pool Liner
Boulder / Swirl
Mystri Gold Pool Liner
Mystri Gold / Swirl
Brighton Prism Pool Liner
Brighton Prism / Swirl

Cost of an Aquasport 52 Semi-inground Pool

No other pool company on the planet makes a pool with this much aluminum or this dense a panel. Also, when you compare it to the so-called elite pools in the industry, it cost less.

Package Sizes 15-21 round Here | Larger Pool Sizes Here

  • Aquasport 52 All Aluminum Pool Kit (panel wall)
  • Full Print Premium 20 mil Beaded Pool Liner
  • Above Ground Hayward Skimmer Package w/ Return
  • Confer 7200 Security Ladder
  • 100 Square Foot Cartridge Filter with Energy Efficient Pump
  • Elite Maintenance Package

Round Pools

12 x 52 EX /ALUMINUM  $3968.00 Pool Store
15 x 52 EX /ALUMINUM  $4415.20 Pool Store
18 x 52 EX /ALUMINUM  $4805.20 Pool Store
21 x 52 EX /ALUMINUM  $5299.20 Pool Store
24 x 52 EX /ALUMINUM  $6027.00 Pool Store

The Larger Models Are Required to Be Buried At Least One Foot.

Oval Aquasport 52 Pool Prices

I am the only Aquasport 52 dealer I know of that assists homeowners and professional installers all over the country with the installation and set up of this pool. All who buy this pool and need or want my personal cell phone number get it.

Installation Cost

Installing a semi-inground pool or total inground pool adds quite a bit to the cost do to excavation. Also, keep in mind the added cost of a fence, either for the pool or the yard. Once your pool wall dips below 48 inches you are required by building code to build a fence. Some towns, though few, are even more strict that.

To install a 24 round your are looking at a minimum of $3600 added to the cost of the pool.

To install a 15×30 oval you are looking at a minimum of $4400. added to the cost of package.

We advertise an 18 foot round inground pool on Facebook for 7k which includes excavation, Sand base, installation and set up. Not included are Permit fees, Water, Electrical Service, Fencing, Back-fill or any landscaping, or decks or patios, none of which do we provide.

Aquasport 52 Pools Sizes

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. 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 models 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.

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 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 they work like braces preventing the wall from moving inwards too.

The thick, wide bottom track I mentioned earlier can be seen in this picture as well.

Oval Aquasport 52 Pools Construction

Aquasport 52 Installation Considerations & Advice

Aquasport 52 with stones wall and deck

There are some things you need to consider when installing this pool. There are different skimmers and return jets depending on how deep in the ground you are going to put the 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 it 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 Speck A91 or Pentair 342001. I have included pump/filter combo packages with these pool pump models 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

Aquasport 52 and Me

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.

Haverhill MA Aquasport 52 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.

Round Aquasport 52 installed in pelham nh

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.

semi-inground aquasport 52 peabody

Another 17×32 semi-inground 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 and buy a complete Aquasport 52 pool package by visiting our online pool store, MGK Pools.

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Published by MGK Pool Service

30 year veteran in the pool industry. Having had many career path changes over the years. I began in the pool industry, and looks like I will finish my working life in the pool industry.

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