What color were the planes? There are less than 10 float planes in the Houston area....with a pic I could probably figure out who it was. My dad and his good friend have a couple but I don't think they were on the coast yesterday. You need about 18 inches to come to a full stop in our plane. They fly Cessna 185's on amphibs. Some belly planes need more. There are also 2 grumman albatross's around. They are huge planes though!I was wondering the draft , the bay is only 3' deep in front of my house.