JMC releases s.v.5.4.0R for SP MAX III

JMC announced the release of software version 5.4.0R for Professional Chart Plotter Super Pilot MAX III. Considering the functionality added and the enhanced user experience allowed, it is recommended that existing systems with older software (i.e. 5.3.xR, 4.x.xR, 3.x.x) to be upgraded to the new version. A new User Manual is built-into the system menu and is also available as pdf file or as a printed document from local dealers. Using this latest software update the JMC SP MAX III remains the top choice of those looking for a rugged, easy-to-use Professional Chart Plotter.


WARNING: Marine Software Family 5.x.xR (including all versions starting from release 5.0.0R), is NOT COMPATIBLE with any legacy NON-CHIRP Black Box Fish Finder modules, such as JMC V-6100.

New features which were added to SP MAX III with the latest s.v5.4.0R are:

Navionics, related:

  • Management of sonar logs for Sonar Chart Live
  • Management and viewing of Community Edits update
  • Viewing of Satellite Overlay and Sonar Chart Shading
  • Dynamic Data displays for Tides and Currents
  • Various minor improvements and bug-fixing

A new Instruments Page is available, which includes:

  • 3D Road
  • Wind
  • Rate of Turn
  • Rudder
  • Timer
  • Multi & Single Databox
  • Temperature
  • Pitch and Roll
  • Compass
  • Speed
  • Depth Graph
  • Engine

Existing SP MAX III features which were improved are:


  • AIS list/setting access improved
  • AIS tracking added (without recording)
  • AIS target size option added
  • AIS menus, sub-menus, and info-windows generally improved
  • “Show vector COG” and “COG vector time” added to AIS settings
  • “Search vessel” added to AIS list options
  • Un-acquired “static message” targets added in AIS list
  • “AIS class selection” added
  • CPA/TCPA Alarm setting decimal digit has been improved


  • Radar image quality improved
  • “Show Radar” OFF in MAP split screen
  • Radar rings OFF improved

Fish Finder

  • Improved noise management and target detection, esp. for shallow and medium depths
  • Improved multiple echo management to avoid false bottom detection
  • Time Bar display improved
  • Zero depth value displayed when no depth input
  • White marker behavior improved
  • Ping rate / Auto Ping explanation added to User Manual
  • Added three Airmar transducers


  • “Bottom Lost” alarm added
  • “No Heading” icon added to the status bar
  • Ship icon size option added
  • Faster access to AIS, DSC, and Data lists/settings via shortcuts from the Quick Setting menu
  • COG/SOG damping improvement via the new GPS setup menu
  • “Distance & Heading to Cursor” databox added
  • Internal GPS restart popup notification added
  • Zoom, Direction, and Radar Tx buttons visibility improved
  • Slider menu speed behavior improved
  • Captain Cloud: enabled synching for user data created offline
  • Added new C-Map LIB fixing rare crashing issue during long session conditions


Chart Plotting systems display information from electronic charts and integrate information from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and other sensors, (AIS, etc) to create an aid for safe navigation. In the JMC SP MAX III, general navigation purposes are served from two levels of enhanced background map, which are embedded as standard, allowing global zoom up to 2 n.m. For detailed and updated information on specific areas, an extensive selection can be made from C-MAP (4D, MAX) and Navionics Charts in a micro SD format. Using these detailed charts makes available the assisted routing functionality menus; Easy Routing for C-Map 4D Charts or Autorouting for Navionics Charts. Furthermore, an optional FishFinder module (BV-6200) can be connected and operated allowing connection to selected CHIRP transducers at various frequency bands between 45 to 210 kHz and up to 1 kW of power output. Compatibility with older CW transducers of vintage JMC Echo Sounders and others is also provided, with the same module, at single or dual frequencies (50/200 kHz) and output power of 600 W or 1 kW. Multiple external I/O connections (1 X NMEA-2000 and 2 X NMEA-0183) also provide for interfacing with AIS, Wind data, Engine monitor, autopilot, etc. Wi-Fi plus Mirror Control functions, using the smartphone of Tablet PC, are also provided. The JMC SP MAX III Chart Plotter provides extensive and easy possibilities for customization to each user’s operational needs.

The standard JMC Super Pilot MAX III delivery consists of a compact control unit with an integrated chart card reader plus a high-performance 72-channel SBAS enhanced GNSS antenna with a 10-18Hz update rate. The use of an (optional) 12” or 17” JMC Marine Monitor is recommended for optimal performance. Nevertheless, any type of display can be used since both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios are supported at various resolutions. A wireless control unit (2,4 GHz) is optionally available, giving full remote access to all plotter functions. The modular construction of the system allows for easy and ergonomic installation even in smaller vessels. While the one-touch menu keys of the control unit are conveniently backlit and are highlighted once activated, simplifying operation in low light conditions. Moreover, the simple Greek menu, as in all JMC Chart Plotters, is providing an intuitive and user-friendly interface.


For further information you may contact the Official Distributor and Support Center for Greece:

Aegean Electronics SA

4 Zosimadon Str, Piraeus 185 31, Greece

Tel: +30 210 4123000