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Thread: Hayward Navigator or Ultra Pool Vac?

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    Hayward Navigator or Ultra Pool Vac?

    I'm in the market for a new in-ground pool vac for my pool. I had my pool resurfaced with diamondbrite and it is an L shaped pool. I would consider the pool to be smaller in size. Soon it will be a salt water system. When we moved in the previous owners left a Hayward that seemed to do the job. We eventually bought a Baracuda. The Baracuda did not work well at all and ended up falling apart. I was thinking of purchasing a new Hayward. Does anyone have a suggestion on which Hayward would work best or if they have experience with one or the other? Thanks so much!

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    Re: Hayward Navigator or Ultra Pool Vac?

    I love my Hayward Ultra. I have had it for 4 years, and just recently had to replace the wear parts (feet, wings, flaps) which come in a kit that I got on ebay for about $30. It had a minor issue lately of only turning in one direction (it is supposed to alternate left and right turns), but that seems to have been resolved. I am not sure what diamondbrite is, but I have a pebble pool.
    15,000 gallon IG pebble pool/spa | Pentair 400k BTU heater | Pentair cartridge filter | Goldline AquaRite SWG T-Cell-15
    Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump | 3 Pentair Whisperflo pumps (1-2 HP) | Hayward Aquabot | Pentair Intellitouch controls

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    Re: Hayward Navigator or Ultra Pool Vac?

    I loved my navigator for about 6 mos, then hated it - it would constantly get stuck on my main drain covers, even though the main drains were off. I replaced shoes, wings, and adjusted suction with no improvement. I gave it to my father in law and bought a 2 wheel pool cleaner, and it has been happy sailing since.
    18k gal inground, everbrite finish, 505 sq ft; 1.5 hp two speed whisperflow; rheem 5100ti 100k btu heat pump; 3 sheer descent falls; DE filter; swg (cell out and using trichlor for now)

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