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"Super Custom Spas" as Jim Says:
"I had to call them something because they are in a class by
themselves." Then, this year, Jim decided to make one even
better, the "SC Magnum"
The beginning of the Super Custom spas
was after Jim had researched spa design to the "Nth degree" and decided
to make a custom spa for himself, for personal use. The final
thing he wanted to
integrate was an ozone system that actually worked better. After
to at least 17 people including, different engineers, water treatment
people and ozone
generator manufacturers and pool builders, the SC Ozone system
came into being.
Then he started telling people
about this amazing spa. Never planning on selling them to anyone,
because, he said: "Who is going to want to pay for
the Super Custom conversion?" (Most spas at that time were pretty
mediocre.) The SC Fallsburg was the first
model and it was a real pain to build. It is funny how that
works. Things that are much more sophisticated, seem to require
more "pains" to build. It takes nearly double the time (and a lot more
expensive parts) to make a Super Custom over the old version of
spas. We do this because it just seems right. Now in 2008
(2009 model year) we have made the Paramont Spas all Super Custom and
the Magnum is a whole "other beast".
Well after nearly 9 years of production,
the Super Custom SE Fallsburg is still the number one selling Hot Tub
the Haven Spas line up. It also has the history of the least
warranty service, and the best customer feedback we have ever gotten on
any hot tub. The SCF owners all rave
about the spa. It is also one of the heaviest Haven spas
the most powerful jet pumps in modern technology.
Before the SCF, the Standard Paramount
Fallsburg model was our most popular
spa ever. It is what I consider an "almost perfect" spa design.
The regular model surpasses all the competition's spas in construction,
components, design, and therapy. We haven't lost a wet test comparison
between a competitive model and the regular Fallsburg. The Fallsburg is
an amazing product. So, you can imagine what the therapy action is in
the Super Custom Spas. We now have a new standard Fallsburg in the
Vista Series to replace the old standard Paramount Fallsburg.
Because the Super Custom Fallsburg
has been such a big hit with our customers, we
have added more models that are designed the same way. This
give us now a full line up of Super Custom Haven Spas.
We have all the Haven spas made to our
specifications. We designate all of the plumbing and the jet placements
on our drawings
and diagrams. Some blocks in the mold are adjustable. In the Fallsburg
adjust the foot well to our blocks. We specify the pumps, the
the skirt, the control system, and the brands of all equipment.
The Super Custom Models are a totally
new entity. It has the sleekest, "cleanest" designed plumbing there is
with the most modern and powerful spa pumps available. The
jetting and plumbing are balanced to give from the lightest to the most
intense therapy you have ever experienced, without taxing the
components. Your typical competitor's spa will use diverter valves and "screwy" plumbing to
force water in to one or two seats with pressure. After nearly 9 years,
no other company has tried to compete with this spa.
The normal Paramount Spas are superior
any spa out there, but because as Jim says: "I am a spa person,
spa user for over 20 years, (spa fanatic is what
some people call me), I have designed upgrades on the Fallsburg,
Brookfield, Timberlake, Lakeshore and the Pinecove and
call them Super Custom spas."
These spas are not for average
consumers, but are for those who want the highest quality and highest
levels of engineering. Some of what this spa is designed on is
commercial standards for filtering and plumbing.
These spas have a third water pump
designed to move 35 GPM (gallons per minute) for filtering, heating,
and ozone saturation. This gives up to 50,400 gallons of filtered water
each day. The purpose of this pump is to relieve the
"jet pump number one" of the main filtering and heating duties, while
it gives the best filtering possible with 100 sq. ft of filter fiber.
eliminates the drag or resistance to flow the filter and heater
creates, even though we have designed in a relief
valve and huge filters and pipes, the filter and heater create the need
two extra 90 degree turns on the pressure side of the standard spas. So
the circulation and filtering pump is also two speeds. We took
advantage of that second speed and put a "power jet" on the lower back
area of one seat in each of the SC spas.
The Super Custom spa is as
powerful in pumps as you can have in a residential spa. Two 5 plus
air, and heat, runs the spa
at over 50 amps full load (60 amp service). So we can't get any larger
but we can get a
increase in water flow by making the jet pump's plumbing extremely
clean. In other words, we get as much water to the jets as is
possible from the jet pumps, with the least amount of resistance in the
plumbing. This is what the SC spas are now legendary for.
We put in four 200 GPM safety suctions
bottom of the spa (and attach the filters). These are aligned as
directly as possible into the
inch suction plumbing and directly into the pump with few turns in the
inch and 2 and 3/8 inch (inside diameter) pipe and a straight
shot into the pump. This is as close as
physically possible to putting the end of the pump in the wall of the
spa. By safety standards we must use two ( UL safety) suction
fittings. This is what spa engineers call "flooded suctions" and
we have not seen any other brand of spa with this type of clean
plumbing to the jet pumps.
Any restriction on the suction side has
a tremendous effect on the water pressure coming out of the pump and
ultimately to the jets. That is why we want true flooded suction
inlets to the jet pumps. We added the 200 Sq. Ft. of filter
On the pressure side of pump one we put
45° , instead of two to four 90° turns (and the
and the heater). This makes for a short path with low resistance
to the manifold. And we use solid pipe or 2 3/8 in high vinyl mass flex
pipe, as much as possible on the pressure side. Pump two has a
single 90 sweeping ell.
This is because the pumps are drawing
water from the bottom of the spa and the water pressure to the pumps
suction is better, and much fewer air bubbles are sucked into the pumps
volute. When a spa pump draws from the filters only, it is not
operating with any natural "head" or gravity fed pressure as is created
at the bottom. There is simply more water pressure by gravity at
the bottom of the vessel. There are some spas that use only
screens (ridiculous) at the top of the spa to skim in water.
There are many problems with this design, like sucking in foam and air
into the jet pumps, and the lack of hydraulic
The result is much (awesome) more
powerful jets without increasing the HP of the pumps and quiet smooth
water transitions. It runs extremely smooth and quiet with all
With the 35 GPM pump we outlet in two
ways into the spa, "power" jet for water flow and good motion into the
spa so the water is fully stirred and agitated as it is filtered, no
scum line with regular care, as in the tiny circ pump spas. The fourth
outlet is for the SC Ozone system. This is a true 24 hour
circulation/filtering/ozone pump and very different than a tiny 7 GPM,
(worthless), circ pump. The pump is a larger, 48 frame, motor with a
long life expectancy.
This is a "dream spa".
We added a second topside opposite to
main control. It sits facing the inside and is easy to reach.
With this level of sophistication use the highest level of
control that our control factory makes called the DLX2000 Spa Control.
It is extremely advanced and extremely reliable. You can "low
level" program it to have the controls the way you want. At the
present time we offer no hand held remotes, because of their failure
The SC spas now come standard with the
ultimate DAIT system as well.
There are no spas like the Super Custom Haven Spas!
The results of the modifications are:
jet pressure available, even quieter operation,
cooler running pumps, the best water ozone treatment, and
filtered water, while maintaining an extremely efficient energy
that we are known for. The main jet pumps last longer because
the super clean water flow and highest degree of motor cooling.
pumps always work in the "sweet spot" with minimal turns and are only
used for therapy. You
not find another spa with this level of quiet and power that runs with
low energy costs.
"I have read many spa specification
sheets and seen
many spas and no one has a spa built this well that I have seen or read
about. This is
the spa that the whole line of Haven Spas is modeled after."