Buster Crabbe Above-Ground Swimming Pool - Admiral's Walk
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The Admiral's Walk Rectangular Above Ground Pool is outdoor living at it's best. The Extruded Aluminum Pool Wall is the ultimate in pool construction - built like an in-ground pool but with the price and flexibility of an aboveground. The Huge Patio and Deck and Complete Walk-Around are perfect for family fun and entertaining.
Available Sizes: 12'x20', 12'x24', 16'x20', 16'x24', 16'x32'
Best On Ground PoolsWhen you get to this class of pool, they are often called “on ground pools“, rather than, above ground pools. The Admiral’s Walk, Gibraltar, and Kayak pools, are all rectangle pools, and come with an end deck, a promenade (walk around) deck, complete perimeter fence, liner, plumbing, filtration system, pump, fold up security stairs, and in pool ladder.
The thing that really separates all these pools, and puts them in a class by themselves, are their walls. Traditional above ground pools have a thin coil roll out wall. Gibraltar uses a steel slat interlocking panel to build it’s wall. Kayak uses a wood wall, with thin Aluminum cladding on one side. The Admiral’s Walk uses a thick extruded Aluminum slat interlocking panel to build their wall.
Admiral’s Walk Versus Gibraltar Versus KayakIt’s only when we compare the systems of these three top manufacturers, that a clear winner rises to the top. I know the weak points of all these pools, as I have worked on all of them. To be clear, I have never been a Gibraltar, or Kayak dealer. But, I have removed them, repaired them, replaced liners on them, replaced walls on them, etc…
The WallsIn my opinion all three have super strong walls, but the Admiral’s Walk is best. In all fairness, the other two walls start out strong. But, over time, steel on the Gibraltar pool rusts and thins, especially around the skimmer, and return hole. The Kayak’s wood wall rots out over time too. Kayak has added a thin Aluminum cladding to its wall in recent years, but it still comes in third for best wall.
Pool DepthThe Admiral’s Walk wall is almost a foot taller than Gibraltar. So it offers a lot more swimming area. The panels are 52 inches long. The Kayak pool has also gone to a 52 inch wall, but because it is made of wood, I almost didn’t even include it in this review.
Gibraltar, and Kayak will offer to include a deep end. The Admiral’s Walk does not offer this option. The maker of the Admiral’s Walk (Buster Crabbe / Aquasport Pools LLc), made the decision not to offer this option for a reason. To many people get hurt!
Having a hopper / deep end / extended swimming area (for insurance purposes), takes their otherwise 40 inch pool, and adds another 36 inches (3 feet). People mistakenly think, the so called deep end is deep, and dive into a pool that’s only six feet deep. There have been many lawsuits over the years, and worse, many people injured for life. It’s just not safe. Safety is why you will never see a diving board, or a slide with an on ground swimming pool. No one should ever dive into an above ground, or on ground pool.
The DeckNow, all three of these manufactures use Aluminum decking. For years Gibraltar used wood decking, and you can see how that would be a problem. But it was actually worse than you can imagine, because their deck is part of the structure of the pool. So when the deck rotted, the pool blew apart. It got so we would not put a liner in a Gibraltar pool, if it had an old wood deck. But like I said, they smartened up a few years ago, and went to Aluminum.
Kayak offers a few deck configurations that you can’t get from the Admiral’s Walk, or Gibraltar pools. Conversely, The Admiral’s Walk offers a double end deck option the other two do not offer.
One thing worth mentioning, is that the Gibraltar pool now has an Aluminum deck, and a steel wall pool as previously mentioned. The two metals don’t play nice together. They have only had their Aluminum decks for a few years, so there have been no incidents, but I see trouble down the road in the way of galvanic corrosion. I suppose this could be offset by good electrical bonding (grounding), but we shall see.
The Admiral’s Walk decking is actually stronger, It is mostly factory welded and comes in four big sections. The other companies use fasteners to build it on site from many, many pieces. If you don’t have a dealer in your area, shipping costs and lack of builders could be a disappointment.
Deck CoatingGibraltar and the Admiral’s Walk carpet their Aluminum decks. Kayak uses a non slip paint. While carpet will eventually wear out, paint is going to chip and peal. The Admiral’s Walk gives you the choice of Blue, Grey, or Brown carpet.
Pool Perimeter FenceThis is pretty much an aesthetic issue, as all manufactures make a strong fence. But, as you can see in the image above, our fence is designed to offer a gentle nudge not to sit on it, and is more decorative than the other companies. Also, every spindle is thick Aluminum, and has a thick pearly white coat.
Conclusion Would it surprise you to find out our pool is actually cheaper than the other two companies? We offer a better wall, better fence, stronger decking, more decking carpet colors to choose from, a taller pool, and if you asked me, a better looking pool overall.
Don’t take my word for it… Google each brand name with the word “reviews”. Everything I wrote here is based on 30 years of my personal experience. Admiral’s Walk Interest Form
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Trimmed Out Admiral’s Walk Swimming Pool. With Custom Steps, and Decorative Lattice. 888 89 POOLS
The Admirals Walk SizesDED stands for double end deck. A DED is a deck like you see all the people standing on, on each end of the pool. EX stands for Extruded. For more information, I write quite a bit about the Admiral’s Walk in this article where we compare them to Gibralter / Wilkes pools, and Kayak Pools.
The prices below include just the pool kit and pool liner. Kit includes the pool with the deck, fence and skimmer.
12 x 20 EX /ALUMINUM $8000
12 x 20 DED EX /ALUMINUM $9200
12 x 24 EX /ALUMINUM $8650
12 x 24 DED EX /ALUMINUM $9600
12 x 32 EX /ALUMINUM $10175
12 x 32 DED EX /ALUMINUM $11500
16 x 20 EX /ALUMINUM $8550
16 x 20 DED EX /ALUMINUM $9800
16 x 24 EX /ALUMINUM $9650
16 x 24 DED EX /ALUMINUM $10850
16 x 32 EX /ALUMINUM $10900
16 x 32 DED EX /ALUMINUM $12100
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