Coast Spas seeks to provide a true pool experience with the 2100VE
By Michelle L. Cramer
When listing things that measure about 21 feet — a giraffe, Washington’s nose on Mount Rushmore, vaulted ceilings in million-dollar homes — a swim spa isn’t commonly counted among them. Its typical length ranges from 13 to 18 feet — that is, until Canadian hot tub manufacturer Coast Spas released its new 2100VE swim spa model.
Measuring 21.5 feet long, 7.5 feet wide and 5.3 feet deep, the 2100VE has a wide enough shell to accommodate two athletes swimming in tandem or participating in different activities simultaneously, such as one swimming while the other uses an aqua bike.
“Based on feedback from our dealers, we found that their customers are looking for an alternative to a full-size swimming pool,” says Oran Wakelam, marketing manager for Coast. “We were motivated to deliver the largest, deepest swim spa so our dealers could offer a pool alternative that would be less of a compromise. The challenge was the size of a traditional swim spa — the limited room and depth. With the 2100VE, we have provided a superior pool-like experience.”
Due to its size, Coast had to bring in a new thermoformer — the only PLC controlled 22-foot length thermoformer in North America, Wakelam says — to fabricate such a large mold.
“The spa is massive, and we haven’t been able to put enough people inside to make it feel cramped,” Wakelam says. “It really is a huge body of water. You have more than enough room to accommodate friends and family who want to go for a dip.”
Introduced in January at the Coast Spas dealer conference in Vancouver, the 2100VE’s features include the signature Coast Spas vanishing-edge design, which doubles as a skimmer. “My first impressions were amazement, excitement and inspiration,” says Derek Sligh, spa sales manager at Rich’s for the Home, which has a 2100VE on display in two if its five locations. He is partial to the 2100VE’s dual 24-inch waterfalls and the infinity edge.
The size of the spa also required the addition of a second patented Hydro Cyclonic filtration system. For Ray Klubnick, owner and president of Hot Tub Liquidators and Coast Spas Las Vegas, this dual filtration system is a game changer.
“The No.1 problem with a swim spa is the filtration,” Klubnick says. “The debris has to get tumbled up high enough that it gets pulled into the skimmer. The industry will misrepresent itself by saying ‘Oh no, the drains pull in the dirt,’ but they kick it right back out the jets. Coast Spas are impervious to that; they’re impeccable. And the fact that Coast went to the expense of putting a second cyclonic filtration into [the 2100VE] tells you how imperative it is.”
Klubnick is a fan of Coast Spas’ construction all around. He says that, because of the span and height, most vinyl cabinetry and frames on swim spas suffer and fail. “The fit and finish, the construction and the frame, and the thickness of the cabinetry and shell,” Klubnick says, “are huge attributes of Coast. They use eight layers of fiberglass. This is just a very heavy, well-built unit.”
The levitator jets in the 2100VE have been pushed forward, Wakelam says, and made larger with the 2100VE’s design with a goal of optimizing the
Klubnick says a lot of companies call their products swim spas, but lack the water flow to truly do the job. “But with the way Coast designed the river jets, the variable-speed pumps they use and their controllers, the 2100VE is actually a true swimmer,” he says. Likewise, Klubnick’s customers see the value. The first time he offered the 2100VE to a customer, he sold it. Sligh has also had success selling the new model. “Our customers are thrilled,” Sligh says. “There’s nothing like it: A true pool experience in a portable unit.”