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. This 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 wall makes it perfect for any application, or landscape design.
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 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
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.
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.
Cost of an Aquasport 52 Semi-inground Pool
This pool 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 cost less.
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.
Aquasport 52 Installation Considerations & Advice
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
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 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.
Rarely are we able to offer a sale or discount on this pool, this is actually the first time. Please contact me for details while this offer lasts.