I just received an email from Deryck Graham of Quickboats and he informed me of the following:
“ Quick boats are at present looking to start production again, hopefully later this year, as they have sold out of present stock.
They too now have several patents in various countries, including the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China, and Europe."
They are still receiving a constant stream of enquiries (close to 6,000), so interest has not waned.
There are many differences between the Quick Boat and the Porta bote and while a number of the patents on the Portabote have ended (You can now by a "Folding Boat" on the Chinese Alibaba site), the remaining patents do not affect the radical design of the Quick Boat.So be patient and soon you will be able to buy the Australian Quick Boat.
I was just informed by Deryck from Quickboats that they are in discussion with a very large manufacturing company at the moment.
Hopefully production will resume soon.