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As was stated, I doubt if a Cheoy Lee O/S 40 has a HIN number. These were built in Hong Kong BEFORE the HIN system was put in place.
FYI, I've visited the Cheoy Lee yard several times and have one of their boats (not an O/S 40). At the time of my visits, I was very much interested in the Rhodes Reliant 41 and its knockoff, the O/S 40, and even talked with Phil Rhodes about them prior to his death.
Essentially, Cheoy Lee stole the RR41 design, and built a very similar boat with a mirror image cabin arrangement, an iron keel rather than a lead keel, and a few other changes. Believe it or not, at the time the real RR41 was selling for $29K new and the O/S 40 for $19K new. Oh, for the good old days :-))
These are very beautiful boats, but unless they've been well maintained over the years they could be a real handful. I've seen a couple of lovely ones which received good care, and I've seen some real beaters. If the one you're considering is in the latter category, be sure not to underestimate the amount of time, labor, and expense involved in getting her back to good condition. If you're not sure how to get a reasonable estimate, think about the absolute maximum it could cost. Then, multiply that by three to ten times!
Also, be sure to check out the Cheoy Lee Owners Association website...lots of good info there.