He is referring to a "Formula" edition boat from the early nineties. The aluminum components were powder coated white rather than the normal clear or black anodize. Unfortunately, I think you will be in for a huge amount of work to strip off all that powder coat. Maybe it could be sand blasted off but most likely way more work, time, and expense than it's worth. You would be better off scavenging anodized aluminum hardware from a parts boat on craigslist than trying to strip and repaint your exiting parts. At least, that's my opinion.
I'm not into a super long project, so buying used aluminum mast is good idea. Then I can just sand it before painting.
I'll be looking for prices this week, I wonder if all the older H-16 models will be the same as my 1993 H-16 Formula-1.
Great Regetta this past weekend at Sandy Hook, NJ