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The gypsy will generally handle a rope-to-chain splice well, provided the rope is the right size for the gypsy. It will not handle a shackle, and the shackle can damage the gypsy or cause it to throw the chain. Neither is ideal. You should probably look at getting a good rope-to-chain splice done instead.
What size chain and rope are you using. The windlass I have uses 5/16" G4 chain and 5/8" rope... which seems to be pretty much the case for most chain/rope gypsies—that the rope is twice the diameter of the chain.
Also, generally, most shackles are one size larger than the chain they are used with, or they will be a weak link in the rode. For instance, if you have 5/16" chain, you would want to use a 3/8" shackle.
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