The clicking is most likely to be the down solenoid engaging and then disengaging. This can be a problem with the solenoid itself, but it may also be the activating switch. If the foot switches or remote
for the windlass
have some corrosion
on the contacts, the solenoid activating mechanism will not be provided with enough current
to properly close, leading to the symptoms you describe.
It is worth having a couple of independent options to activate the windlass, for example, both a wired and a wireless remote
. If the fault is present with both switches it at least isolates the problem to the solenoid (most common) or the windlass motor itself.