This page is about 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 and still is my #1 top choice.
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.
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 of the other channel 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 swimming pools, the 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 become stronger as they get cold. It is also a fact that thick extruded aluminum interlocking panels make for the best walls. These pools are best suited for semi-inground and complete inground installations.
Framing of the Aquasport 52
The bottom track of this pool that the wall panels sit on is almost 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.
Build the pool; then you could pick it up and moved if you had enough people, it is that sturdy.
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 aluminum top-rails. 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 vinyl liner bead. The Aquasport 52 top rails have a bead channel built into them. The bead channel for the pool liner forms in the top-rail during the extrusion process. You will never have to take the pool apart to replace the vinyl-pool-liner.
The top rails of this pool are precisely 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.
Cost of an Aquasport 52
Aquasport 52 pools cost almost twice as much as most 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.
How can Doughboy Pools charge so much for a steel rolled wall pool? Why would people buy the inferior wall or pool type when they could own this pool? I shake my head.
Same goes for the Radiant Pool. It cost the same or more than the Aquasport 52 pool, and the Radiant Pool clads styrofoam with two thin sheets of aluminum. Styrofoam! You don’t have to be an engineer to understand how weak a design that is. When has styrofoam ever been a structural element?
The Aquasport 52 Pool is for those that can afford a higher-end swimming pool. It is not for everyone. If this pool cost too much for you, your next best bet is the Dauntless above ground pool. The Dauntless will outlast the best Doughboy Pool or Radiant Pool.
Here is the thing, I promise you will end up building a deck next to this pool or doing some landscaping, or something to enhance your enjoyment of this swimming pool once you have it. Not to mention it is going to cost a couple of thousand to install any pool. Do you honestly want to invest all that time and money into a pool that may fail in 5-10 years?
The Aquasport 52 to the only real 30-40 year pool I know of in the market!
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 included as part of the construction.
Aquassport 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.
Aquasport 52 – 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 installation. 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 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. With the above ground or semi-inground skimmer and return jet assembly, you have to remove them entirely from the pool wall.
Filter & Pump Equipment Installation Consideration
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, when installing equipment above the water line, I recommend installing a variable speed inground pool pump like the Pentair 342001. I have included above ground filter/inground pump combo packages on my custom pool 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 pool-filter. Also, the 342001 has a 5 minute priming cycle that runs at 3450 RPMs and 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.
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.
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.
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 on our online pool store, MGK Pools.