Hi, all ~
Been scoping the old poolforum, but happy to find this one (so I can post!)
I currently have a 27' 52" Ovation Palladian, but due to freeze damage, need to replace it. (My best guess is the skimmer froze and the weight caused it to collapse.) Been trying to get help from the local company where the pool was purchased in 2002 by the previous homeowners, and who has opened and closed the pool for us for the past two years we've lived here, but I've decided to replace it without going through them (for lots of reasons, for example, they're trying to sell us a replacement pool for $3,500 -- steel, not aluminum -- pool only, no equipment, no installation!)
Ovation was bought by Vogue; I've confirmed they still make this one, but will only sell to distributers. (I talked to their sales dept. in Canada, but couldn't get them to budge on selling to me directly.) I've tracked down a distributer in this state (CT) and am hoping they'll be able to order a replacement wall... I think this is my best bet, not only from a cost standpoint but to ensure the best fit for the partial decking (The Ovation Pallidian has 8" ledges; 6 1/2" verticals). Assuming they can get it (fairly quickly), the wall will be around $1,000 plus shipping from Canada. However, I'm researching other options in case they can't get it...
So far, I've found one that seems to be close match for the Palladian: the Elite (marketed under Mighty Sun and Asahi names), offered online by Royal Swimming Pools -- anyone familar with this pool? or this online company? Cost for just the pool is $1,672 w/shipping included. This also includes a standard overlap liner, but I can upgrade to a 25g, beaded for $175. (This sounds really good, but not sure of the quality...) Here are the specs:
Another local (in-town) company has the Empire by Outback Pools - it has 8" top rails and 6" verticals, so that may be close enough to work with the existing decking. Anyone familiar with this one? Cost for this is $2,250 plus $375 for the upgraded beaded liner. Definitely more $$$ but I'm not sure if the pool is higher quality to warrant it... they can have it delivered quickly, tho. (Can't find any online prices for this model for comparison.)
Found an installer, who can fit this in the end of July/early August so I'll need to order something soon. (For reference, installation for a new one is $2,200 (ack!); rebuilding would be $1,300 -- another compelling reason to hope we can get the wall from Vogue!)
Any insights would be appreciated. TIA!!