WE DON'T JUST SELL STANDARD DOUGHBOY PACKAGES
- WE SELL THE BEST DISCOUNT EQUIPMENT - FOR YOU In the recent "Home Pools and Hot Tubs" article we told how we upgraded a 12 foot diameter Doughboy pool into an ALL YEAR ROUND
SWIM-SPA. We've had our Doughboy 15 years, and our recommendation is based on
this experience. Sales Line 01206 242020
OUR PRICES ARE DOUGHBOY PRICES MINUS 22%
(ALTO HEAT PUMPS DOUGHBOY PRICE MINUS 17%)
with STEEL top rail, 10 Year Guarantee, Regent
with RESIN top rail 15 year Guarantee)
Doughboy Pools Brochure 2007
2009 Brochure available April 2009
What do you get ?
Premier Standard Kit
52" high steel Pool wall, galvanised metal top and
bottom support rails, 3 inch square pressed metal support legs, 4 inch wide metal top deck, 20
mil/.5mm/500 micron thick plain blue pvc liner, skimmer, flexible tubing to
big 16 inch diameter sand filter, Doughboy 1 h.p. self priming pump, 2
bags of filter sand, painted metal steps with plastic treads, or equivalent
deck ladder. Full
Premier Super Kit
Standard Kit plus
(0.2mm/200 micron) thick solar cover,
pool cleaning kit that uses the suction from your
pump and plugs into the skimmer comprising extending handle, brush, hose,
1kg chlorine, 1.5kg ph - (use of chlorine pushes
the alkalinity of your pool up, and you have to adjust it down) 1kg ph +,
1/2 litre of algicide, chlorine level test strips. Maintenance manual
Regent Standard Kit
as Premier except
the top deck components are resin (plastic) which
is better because metal top deck components, in our experience are liable to
corrosion after 10 years
the ladder is the Deluxe Doughboy A frame safety
ladder 48/52 inch in Resin, (or Deck ladder equivalent), which in our opinion is far better than the
ladder supplied with the Premier
Regent Super Kit
the cover, cleaning and chemicals are the same as
with the Premier.
components subject to change, and are
based on our understanding as at 3rd April 2009
OUR PRICES INC VAT (STANDARD KIT/SUPER KIT)
DELIVERY FREE (orders over £1,000 U.K. mainland)
12 FOOT ROUND (3.6M) 11,360 LITRES £1372/£1489
20 ft x 12 ft (6.1m x 3.6m) 18,630 LITRES £1872/£2004
16 FOOT ROUND (4.75M) 18,703 LITRES £1484/£1616
24 ft x 12 ft (7.3m x 3.6m) 22,450 LITRES £2223/£2371
18 FOOT ROUND (5.48M) 25,279 LITRES £1599/£1731
28 ft X 16 ft (8.5m x 4.9m) 34,930 LITRES £2457/2636
OUR PRICES INC VAT (STANDARD KIT/SUPER KIT)
DELIVERY FREE (orders over £1,000 UK mainland)
12 FOOT ROUND (3.6M) 11,360 LITRES £1638/£1755
20 ft x 12 ft (6.1m x 3.6m) 18,630 LITRES £2242/2082
16 FOOT ROUND (4.75M) 18,703 LITRES £1809/£1942 24 ft
x 12 ft (7.3m x 3.6m) 22,450 LITRES £2574/£2722
18 FOOT ROUND (5.48M) 25,279 LITRES £1950/£2082
28 ft X 16 ft (8.5m x 4.9m) 34,930 LITRES £2886/£3065
What Might You Want to Change in the Doughboy Kits ?
ladder in the Premier Kit
is not the most robust you can find, and you might want to swap it for the
Resin A frame ladder. (Please
enquire when purchasing)
2) If you are going to put a deck
round your pool you won't need to climb up to get into your pool, you just
need to climb down, so you need a Deck ladder. Upgrading the Resin
Deck ladder on the Regent to the Stainless Steel Deck ladder costs
£172. Upgrading the ladder on the Premier to Stainless Steel costs £235
Deeper Pool. (See Below)
If you'd like a deeper pool you can dig down lower that the pool walls and
use an Expandable Liner. This can add about a foot of depth on a 12 foot
diameter pool (up to 7 feet deep on a big pool). This is a special order.
5) Alto Heat Pump
(equivalent) - Titanium for use with salt water chlorinated pools. Our
ALTO 15kw (equivalent) Titanium. Our Price £1980 (right hand
Now in their 3rd year of sale in the UK these are are
popular entry-level Summer-use-only Heat Pumps. (See also our "Heat
Pumps" page). Very convenient in that they can come on the same pallet
as your pool from Doughboy and come with either the
flexible or rigid pipe connections as required.
They come with a 1 year Parts and Labour guarantee, with some internal parts
guaranteed for 3 years. Service will be provided by an established network
of air conditioning engineers.
How good is a Doughboy Pool ?
This is pure
opinion based on personal experience.
1) Paying for a pool kit, such as the Regent at the
£1500 + price level, is likely to prove much much better value than
buying a budget £300 or £400 pool with its inferior equipment. Pools at the
£300 or £400 level allow you to get wet when its really hot in the summer
but not much more than that. But for £1500+ you can get a pool that will
have a much longer life and which is worth upgrading. Beware of some other
cheap makes of steel walled pool that have little in the way of support legs
and top rail deck. They lack rigidity, can be liable to corrosion, impact
damage and early failure.
2) My 15 year old Doughboy has some limited
corrosion in the pool wall, but that is my own fault. I should have followed
the instructions and painted the exposed metal edge of the skimmer and
outlets with enamel paint to stop a bit of rust creeping in there. A little
bit of enamel paint on the cut edges of the metal legs would also have been
a good idea, because a bit of corrosion has crept in there as well. The
metal top deck has a bit of corrosion in places, which is why I think the
resin (plastic) top deck of the Regent pool is probably better. The liner
is still original and water-tight although I have bleached it slightly in
places where, again against instructions I've tipped too much chlorine in in
3) Doughboy pools are made in Arkansas USA and the
designs date back 60 years.
4) Although above-ground pools are frequently
advertised as packages, if you go to a good dealer it should be possible to
but the individual components separately, should you need to in the future.
You must stretch the liner !!!
Doughboy pools are easy to install - but you must stretch the liner.
You do this by starting with the centre of the liner some 1 foot above
the ground and with some 2 feet of liner down the outside of the pool
wall. You can also clip the liner to the top deck of the pool wall using
jubilee type clips and bits of cardboard to protect the liner. As you pour
water on top of the liner the weight of water will begin to stretch it and
as the tension increases on the liner you gradually feed it into the pool.
This should give a wrinkle-free finish.
Insulating a Doughboy Pool
SIDE WALLS of pools installed
2009 will be the fourth year we've been selling
insulation products for above ground pools. We have a variety of foam
and bubble materials in stock that can be attached to the outside walls of
We are switching to recommending
transparent, inflatable, pvc panels that can be blown up and attached to the
side walls of Doughboy pools by means of clips. We are concentrating
on the inflatable panels because they look good and are inexpensive to store
and transport. Since all Doughboy pools in 2009 have the same 3inch
square support legs, the insulation panels can be easily and effectively
attached by means of our "clip-over" pattern clips. The "clip-behind"
pattern clips can be used to secure panels between the buttress legs of the
Loss of heat by evaporation of water from the
surface is a major factor. A 200 micron solar cover will do much to minimise
this. A 400 micron solar cover will additionally help reduce conduction and
convection losses from the surface. To improve this still further
requires a foam heat retention cover. Please enquire.
Electric Heaters - Recommendations
Spend money on insulating your pool, before you
spend it on buying a heater.
2) Low end solar heating
is really only effective when it's so hot you don't really need it. High end
systems are effective but still have a long pay-back period.
3) Small electric Elecro and Garden Leisure
heaters e.g. 3kw and 5kw are bought by web
retailers in bulk and sold very cheaply on E-Bay and pool web-sites. They
are worth having as a stand-by, but don't expect them to make much
difference other than in Summer or in a well insulated pool.
4) Heat Pumps are well
worth the money because they can create as much as 5 units of heat for each
unit of power put in (in high summer at least). The Alto Heat Pumps from
Doughboy are an entry-level product, but if the budget stretches that far
the all-year-round products from Elecro or Calorex may provide you with the
heat you need when you most need it - i.e. the beginning and the end of the
season. (See separate page)
Can I Install a Doughboy below ground ?
:- The question virtually everyone asks.
Lots of people do. My own pool is inset into a slope by about 18 inches
and back-filled with sand and the side wall protected from soil contact by
polythene and foam.
Doughboy say you can install below ground, but they also suggest it's a
professional job. They advise against back-filling with earth (you might
need to empty the pool to replace the liner at some future date) and suggest
back-filling with a brittle concrete mix made with plaster (soft/mortar)
sand or having a retaining wall between pool and soil, or on compacted soils
having a slope down to the bottom of the pool wall and covering the void
with decking. There is a set of instructions available on request. (The
hyperlink below may take some time to load - I can send you a paper
In Ground Installation Instructions
Soil can exert a very considerable force especially if there is clay in
it or if it is not free draining. A normal in-ground pool would have a
strong ring-beam structure to cope with this.
So the truthful answer is, yes you can install below-ground but unless
you are a professional pool installer and follow the "Below-Grade
Installation Instructions" you potentially void the warranty.
Having a "Deep End" with an "Expandable Liner" A
Unique Doughboy Feature
About 2/3 of a Doughboy pool bottom can be excavated to form a sloping
tapered wedge shaped hopper. On an oval pool 30 inches needs to be left
along the sides, and 18 inches left at the curved ends so as not to
undermine the pool wall supports. On a round pool 9 inches needs to be
left around the sides so as not to undermine the walls. This means that
you can achieve up to the follow extra maximum depths: Round Pool 12ft
diameter 18 inches, 16 foot diameter 30 inches, 18foot diameter and
above 36 inches - Oval Pool 12 foot widths 2 feet, 16 feet widths 3
Doughboy will let you swap the standard liner for an expandable liner at
time of purchase.
The liner bottoms are much thicker than the standard liners to allow for
the expansion, they are more expensive but prices have been
reduced for 2008. We sell an ordinary 24ft x 12ft liner for £316 and the
expandable version for £680.
Please see the following:
Doughboy Oval Pool Installation Instructions
Doughboy Round Pool Installation Instructions