I worked at pool supply store once. Go for quality. There were plenty of people with cheap pools who were constantly frustrated because they were doing everything right but their pool was green or having some other problems.
My friend has an above ground with a nice deck and a tiki themed bar. It’s great.
See I have no desire for a pool but can’t imagine not having a boat. I’ve had one boat or another for most of the last 12ish years. I also live just a few minutes from the lake. If it was a long haul or saltwater I might feel differently