I sailed a lot the 40.7, both cockpits, (the IMS with the track on the floor and tiller and the "standard" version with the "wimpy" track on the seats, and the 10 mile diameter wheel!! I admit the track on the First is dull, and not so effective and is shitty).
My track is Lwemar, is thicker, and the traveller is way much better its a modified R1..
The 40.7 has the traveller cleats sideways and they are really really a pain...I understand you. Does the boat you sail like this?
The option of being on the floor, but slightly raised, was due to my preference while sailing, its more effective and less distortion under load...every hole is bolted down, and ther's a CF stiffner underneath.
But also because we use the boat for the vacations, with half of the population of Portugal visiting us!!
As far as the gear, I worked very close with Lewmar UK, and we kinda designed the controls together. HArken in the US, also helped, as the hi load blocks are Harken. (I had a bad experience with Harken on X Yacht I owned previously, specially winches and clutches, but the blocks WOW...very good).
So, appart from the boom, its pretty much beefed up... well that traveller block desintegrated when I broke my boom... I have a new one there already.
We should meet.
By the way...here in Portugal we call flapping chest muscles...TITS!!!